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In brief

Apply the track-etching technology to 3D devices as balloons and tubes. Go beyond the capabilities of our membranes.

it4ip designs and produces an array of plastic devices supporting the membrane for your custom application. Enjoy full control of the manufacturing process of your components, 100% sourced in Belgium.

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About our technology

Introduction

Process

Track-etching technology is based on the irradiation of polymer materials with energetic heavy ions leading to the formation of linear damaged tracks across the irradiated polymeric layer or film.  These tracks are then revealed into pores using a well-chosen wet chemical etching.

Track-etching technology is used to manufacture porous polymer membranes with randomly distributed cylindrical pores which are also characterised by a smooth flat surface and a sharp cut-off.

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State of art

State-of-the-art track-etching technology can be applied to the following polymeric materials :

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Self-supported polymer film with a thickness from 5 to 100 microns can be processed as well as thin polymer layer deposited on a substrate such as glass, quartz or silicon (optionally incorporating electrical circuitry). Track-etching technology is adapted to true pore size ranging from 10 nm to 30 µm with a pore density monitored from 1E3 to 1E10 pores per square centimetre. Confinement of pores can be also considered to realise patterned track-etched producs where a known number of pores are created in well-defined areas only.

Performances

State-of-the-art track-etching technology can be applied to the following polymeric materials :

  • polycarbonate (PC)
  • polyester (PET)
  • polyimide (PI)

Self-supported polymer film with a thickness from 5 to 100 microns can be processed as well as thin polymer layer deposited on a substrate such as glass, quartz or silicon (optionally incorporating electrical circuitry).

Track-etching technology is adapted to true pore size ranging from 10 nm to 30 µmwith a pore density monitored from 1E3 to 1E10 pores per square centimetre.  Confinement of pores  can be also considered to realise patterned track-etched producs where a known number of pores are created in well-defined areas only.

Other specific products, such as e.g. coronary balloons, can be also successfully track-etched to improve their performances.

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