Managing Precious Resources with Luminit Technology

Submitted on Thu, 03/03/2016 - 16:59

by Mary Ann Giorgio

Luminit scientists have made significant advances in the fabrication of surface relief micro-structures, and our ability to record, imbed and mass produce a sequence of changing-sized hexagonal-packed micro-structures opens up new possibilities for super-hydrophobic and super-hydrophilic surfaces. Because Luminit film is surface structure, the film never needs to be re-applied so the surface will always be super-hydrophobic or super-hydrophilic or a combination of both. Notable advantages to such technology include sustainable agriculture and condensation prevention.

Biomimicry and the Namib Beetle 
An example of how Luminit technology can be applied in sustainable agriculture comes from the Namib beetle, an insect famous for thriving in world’s driest climate by capturing and repelling water vapor through a series of intricate nanoscale bumps. By mimicking the microscopic hexagonal patterns of these bumps and embedding them in various sizes (from 300 nanometers to much larger) and angles (under or over 90 degrees) onto film, Luminit surface structures can capture vapor, repel vapor and direct vapor to hydrate crops and plants. Imagine Luminit microstructure technology applied to the surface of green houses or biodegradable polymer plastics used in crop production. The impact on agricultural would be monumental. Other practical applications include:

• Portable water capture systems for troops deployed in desert regions
• Water capture systems applied to residential and commercial buildings
• The ability to generate an unlimited supply of drinking water on ships

Condensation Prevention 
Luminit has the capability to embed surface relief microstructures that are so small, they are virtually transparent when recorded onto film. This allows us to place the film on glass and other surfaces where its superhydrophobic qualities will allow condensation to literally roll off the surface. Examples of how this can be applied in real world surfaces include condensation-resistant:

• Windshields used in transportation (automobiles, trains, ships and aviation)
• Goggles and masks used in diving and skiing
• Glasses and visors
• Mirrors and windows

Luminit innovation will help create new markets and transform how we manage one of our most precious resources. For more information, contact