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Multifunctional Moth-Eye TiO2/PDMS Pads with High Transmittance and UV Filtering

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journal contribution
posted on 30.11.2017, 00:00 by Segeun Jang, Seong Min Kang, Mansoo Choi
This work reports a facile fabrication method for constructing multifunctional moth-eye TiO2/polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) pads using soft nano-imprinting lithography and a gas-phase-deposited thin sacrificial layer. Mesoporous TiO2 nanoparticles act as an effective UV filter, completely blocking high-energy UVB light and partially blocking UVA light and forming a robust TiO2/PDMS composite pad by allowing the PDMS solution to easily fill the porous TiO2 network. The paraboloid-shaped moth-eye nanostructures provided high transparency in the visible spectrum and also have self-cleaning effects because of nanoroughness on the surface. Furthermore, we successfully achieved a desired multiscale-patterned surface by partially curing select regions using TiO2/PDMS pads with partial UVA ray blockers. The ability to fabricate multifunctional polymeric pads is advantageous for satisfying increasing demands for flexible and wearable electronics, displays, and solar cells.