„Wytwarzanie i optymalizacja komponentów fotonicznych za pomocą wiązki elektronowej i jonowej poprzez polimeryzację cieczy jonowych”
(acronym: FACILE)

Project supported by the National Science Centre, Poland under the „OPUS 10” programme

Total cost: 1 326 700,00 PLN
Centre Contribution: 624 200,00  PLN
Duration: 24/10/2016 – 23/10/2019

Principal Investigator: dr Katarzyna Komorowska
Project Consortium:

  1. Wrocławskie Centrum Badań EIT+ Sp. z o.o. – Consortium Leader
  2. Fundacja Uniwersytetu im. Adama Mickiewicza

During years the research has evolved towards novel functional materials in order to find an ideal material platform for a wide range of custom-tailored applications. The demand for new methods of nano- and micro structurization increased due to the increasing number of new applications in polymer photonics. A special interest belongs to polymer sensor and biosensors, creating a need of new material platform for cheap and disposable systems. Currently, several material platforms coexist for different photonic components, however polymeric materials have few unique properties. The most important advantages of polymer is the compatibility with different kinds of substrates (glass, silicon, ceramics) and high tailoring freedom.
The key objective of the project is development of novel patterning method, based on functionalized room-temperature ionic liquid (RTIL) polymerization under electron-beam and ion-beam irradiation. It will be achieved by exploiting very low vapor pressure of RTIL, which allows for using such materials in high vacuum chamber of scanning electron dual beam microscope. Combination of RTIL polymerization with ultrahigh spatial resolution of SEM/FIB system yields unique capability of patterning 2D and 3D structures with nanometer resolution.
Project aims at strengthening collaboration between groups in WRC EIT+, Poznan Foundation (Adam Mickiewicz University Foundation) and to create new scientific knowledge in photonic systems technology. Created advantages will be able to support future development in photonic system for communication and sensing.