SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA (Osaka, JP)
Anti-reflection films can be constructed from optical films having an uneven, nanometer-sized structure (nanostructure). The structure that is uneven is characterized by a refractive index constantly shifting between the film’s air layer and the base, which enablessignificant reduction of the reflection light. These optical films are very anti-reflective and have the disadvantage of allowing dirt to easily reach the surface. The dirt that is adhered to the optical film has a different reflectance than the optical film , which is why it is easy to recognize. In these circumstances oil- and water-repellent optical films with outstanding anti-fouling properties are desired. Patent Literatures 1 to 3, for instance reveal configurations in response to the need, for example an arrangement in which an afluorine-based material is formed on the surface with the uneven structure, and a arrangement where a fluorine-based substance is added to the uneven structure.
Patent Literature 1: JP 2003-172808 A Patent Literature 2: JP 2007-178724 A Patent Literature 3: JP 2014-153524 A Patent Literature 4: WO 2011/013615
Non Patent Literature
Non Patent Literature 1: R. F. Fedors, Polym. Eng. Sci., 14, 1974, pp. 147-154 Non Patent Literature 2: J. Brandrup et al., “Solubility Parameter Values”, Polymer Handbook, 4th edition Non Patent Literature 3: K. Milam et al., “Optool.TM.DAC-HP: An Anti-fingerprint Coating Material for Touch Panel Screens”, SID11 DIGEST, 2011, pp. 1826-1829 Non Patent Literature 4: Nano Science Corporation, “Useful tips for XPS analysis (XPS Bunseki no mame-chishiki”, “Chemical state of carbon (C1sbinding energy shift (chemical shift)) (Kabon no kagaku-jotai (C1s no Ketsugo enerugi no shifuto (kagaku shifuto))”, [online], 2014, [searched on Nov. 6, 2015], Internet (URL: http://www.nanoscience.co.jp/knowledge/XPS/knowledge02.html Non PatentLiterature 5: A. M. Ferraria et al., “XPS studies of directly fluorinated HDPE: problems and solutions”, Polymer 44, 2003, pp. 7241-7249 Non Patent Literature 6: Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., “Oxygen”, “Binding energies of common chemical states)”,[online], 2013, [searched on Nov. 6, 2015], Internet (URL: http://xpssimplified.com/elements/oxygen.php) Non Patent Literature 7: N. Stobie et al., “Silver Doped Perfluoropolyether-Urethane Coatings: Antibacterial Activity and Surface Analysis”,Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces, Vol. 72, 2009, pp. 62-67Click here to view the patent on USPTO website.
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