06. December 2018

PROFACTOR: Master thesis - Top down fabrication of monodisperse metal nanoparticle

Nanoimprint Lithography is a method to replicate nanostructures on large area. This is done by pressing a nanostructured stamp into a soft (UV-curable) polymer on a substrate. While the stamp is in contact with the polymer, the material is cured by e.g. UV-irradiation and then the stamp is removed, resulting in a nanostructured hard polymer on the substrate. Such an imprint can later be used as mask for metal deposition and thus define geometry of particles. Afterwards the particles can be removed from the substrate in a lift-off step and used further for biofunctionalization. At PROFACTOR we are developing a CNC-based UV-nanoimprint tool to fabricate these kinds of nanostructures.

PROFACTOR is a private, applied research company located in Steyr. We conduct research in the field of industrial assistive systems and additive micro/nano manufacturing. Our team consists of around 70 employees from 15 different academic fields. We work across disciplines to find solutions for the manufacturing industry and set standards in robotics, machine vision, simulation, 3D printing, functional surfaces and nanostructures.

Master thesis – Top down fabrication of monodisperse metal nanoparticle
(Team Functional Surfaces and Nanostructures)

Our tasks:

The goals of the thesis are

  • to investigate basic processes for the replication of nanoscale features for particle fabrication.
  • to investigate different materials, for imprinting and their liftoff suitability
  • to further develop an CNC-based imprint tool for fast and relyable imprinting.

We are looking for:

Motivated students with a hands-on mentality in the field of physics, nanotechnology, material science, chemistry or similar studies

We offer:

  • the possibility to work in cutting edge R&D projects with renowned industrial partners
  • flexible working hours
  • the chance to be part of a young, interdisciplinary and cooperative team

Start/Duration: Now/6 months

Our Mission:

PROFACTOR's research improves the competiveness of European Industry. We are pioneers of the thinking production. We bring production back home.

We offer for master thesis a compensation of min. 430 EUR per month.

You will find further details in the master project description.


DI Michael Haslinger
Im Stadtgut A2
4407 Steyr-Gleink
Phone: +43 7252 885 422
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