The main objective of the FabSurfWAR research project is to establish design, fabrication and characterisation techniques for functional surfaces with controllable wettability, adhesion and reflectivity. The technology oriented objectives are given as follows:
Development of functional surface modelling and characterisation techniques: this will include micro/nano-surface metrology and characterisation, surface modelling and representation methodologies for hierarchy and unitary surfaces. Establishment of the correlation between the surface topography and the surface functions: this will explore the relationships between the surface feature and the wettability, adhesion, and reflectivity. Development of micro/nano-fabrication techniques for functional surfaces: this will include laser-based micro/nano-fabrication, Focus Ion Beam (FIB) nanofabrication, micro/nano-imprint, and surface coating technique, and micro/nano-characterisation and experimental testing. Validation of the developed FabSurfWAR technologies: this will include the established modelling and characterisation methodologies for functional surfaces, the design and fabrication techniques of specific functional surfaces in terms of controllable wettability, adhesion, and reflectivity, and the experimental testing and validation of bacterial reduction, anti-adhesion, and better tribological performance in tools and devices (this is covered by work packages 2, 3 and 4 below).
- Work Package 1: Setup of knowledge base and road mapping
- Work Package 2: Surface metrology and modelling
- Work Package 3: Micro/nano-fabrication and characterisation
- Work Package 4: Functional surface devices and testing
- Work Package 5: Dissemination and exploitation
- Work Package 6: Project Management