Panacol, a manufacturer of industrial, UV, conductive, and medical-related adhesives, will feature new optical-grade resins and adhesives for imprint and optical bonding applications at the SPIE Photonics West exhibition in San Francisco CA, USA from January 30th to 1 February 1st, 2024 (Booth 4342).
These new adhesives can be used in several applications, including in the automotive industry, for sensors in smart devices and wearables, and for structured light in projectors or time-of-flight sensing applications.
Panacol specially formulated adhesives for imprint replication of refractive lenses and diffractive optical elements (DOEs). These adhesives are suitable for micro and nano-imprint lithography, wafer-level optics, and wafer bonding.
The newly introduced adhesives Vitralit UC 1632 and UC 1658 are in the viscosity range of 100 to 200 mPas and can be easily applied via puddle dispensing, spin-coating, or jetting. They offer excellent adhesion to commonly used grades of glass wafers and upcoming new polymer substrates including optical grade PET or PC. Once applied and imprinted, the adhesives are quickly cured with UV light, creating a precise and durable structure on the wafer.
Both adhesives are tailored specifically to meet the high demands of optical reliability, such as low yellowing, temperature stability, and shape retention.
For black shading and masking purposes, Panacol also offers a black UV curable adhesive, Vitralit BL UC 1103. This black epoxy adhesive is permeable to UV light while uncured. After curing, it is opaque and light blocking.
For optical bonding and alignment, Panacol has developed UV curable adhesives Vitralit 7311, VBB-60, and 1860, as well as heat curable adhesives Structalit 5531 and 5511. These adhesives feature a high bond to glass and widely used plastic substrates. Adhesive Vitralit UD 8057 is formulated for dual curing using UV/visible light and atmospheric moisture. This allows the adhesive to complete its curing using moisture in shaded areas that cannot be reached with UV/visible light.
These adhesives for optical bonding get easily cured with high intense LED curing systems of Hönle, which match the wavelengths of the Panacol photoinitiators. Once cured, Panacol’s optical grade adhesives are flexible and tension equalizing, reducing the stress on dissimilar substrates.