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OCT 23 2017

Launch of Laser4surf European H2020 Project

Launch of Laser4surf European H2020 Project

CIC energiGUNE is one of the members of the  international group of researchers who are exploring   how tiny changes to surfaces using laser structuring can alter and improve the properties or performance of metals - and aim to bring the technology to mass production. Remarkably, it could mean everything from faster charging and more powerful batteries in electric vehicles, to quicker healing and more hygienic medical components.

This new European funded research project, Laser4surf, is using femtosecond pulse lasers with- a laser pulse that lasts one quadrillionth of a second - to create precision scratches, lines and patterns just microns apart on materials such as aluminium, titanium, copper and stainless steel. The created textures give new functionalities, like hydrophobicity, lubrication, anti-condensation, enhanced or reduced adhesion or even anti-bacterial properties to products. Microscopic texturing can even fine tune optical behaviours to create anti-reflection ‘black metals'.

Today, capacity for submicron surface texturing is limited and very time consuming. Over the next three years, Laser4surf will seek to double the surface area textured and make it 95% faster.

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No 768636. You can follow their journey @laser4surf

 

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