Optical Surface Modification Coatings

Our thin-film optical coating treatments improve performance of virtually any optical component or product. Options include optically clear hydrophilic, repellent (hydrophobic/oleophobic), adhesion promoting, and anti-fingerprint technologies. Solutions are easy-to-apply scalable treatments that can bond with a wide array of optical surfaces. Together we create winning optical products!

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Fiber Optics repellency treatments

Repellent Optics. Anti-Fog Optics. Optically Clear & Durable.

Aculon® has a variety of surface modification technologies capable of functionalizing optical substrates types to have drastically improved performance. Aculon's® optical coatings and treatments significantly alter the performance of optical substrates with easy to apply, durable, and optically clear treatments. These coatings can functionalize surfaces to be hydrophilic for anti-fog properties, repellent (hydrophobic & oleophobic) for ease of cleaning and antifouling properties, and to have improved adhesive characteristics. There are numerous performance advantages modifying your optical surface in countless applications.

Does your optical product need a thin-film optically clear coating?

Optical surface modification technologies can be used to address a wide variety of problems. Some examples below where a thin-film optical coating will help improve the quality of your product.

  • Fogging and moisture buildup negatively impact optical performance. 
  • Cleaning your optical surface is time consuming, expensive, or impossible.
  • Fingerprints negatively impact performance of optics
  • Contamination and fouling materials negatively impact optical behavior.
  • Improved adhesive/bonding characteristics are desired on optical surfaces.

Real World Applications

Countless electronics applications benefit from having a optimized optical surfaces. A broad range of technologies at our disposal means we can tackle most any electronics optics challenge.
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Numerous oil & gas applications benefit from thin-film optical functional treatments. Applications include treatment of sapphire optical viewports for anti fouling and reduced cleaning.
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There are countless applications in numerous industries that can benefit from a modified optical surface. Chances are if you have an application which utilizes optics of any sort, we have looked at it before and can help.
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Aculon® optical surface modification technologies can be utilized for numerous medical applications, enabling unique performance, process simplification and excellent value across a broad range of medical surfaces and applications.
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Optical Coating Platforms

Our Repellent technologies for optical components will yield a robust a long lasting hydrophobic and oleophobic surface. Typical water contact angles (measurement of surface energy) are in the 115°-120° range and typical oil contact angles are in the 75°-85° range. These treatments are nanoscale, as thin as 2-4 nm thin leaving your part visually unchanged and optically clear. A self assembling process ensures a uniform and even treatment every time!

Hydrophobic Glass
Camera dome with hydrophilic coating

Our hydrophilic optical technologies are thin and optically clear and will yield a robust and long lasting hydrophilic surface. Typical water contact angles (measurement of surface energy) are in the <10° range. Common uses include creating fog free optical surfaces.  A self assembling process ensures a uniform and even treatment every time!

Our adhesion promotion technologies improve adhesive and bonding characteristics of oxide containing surfaces such as glass and synthetic sapphire commonly used in optical applications. By directly functionalizing the substrate surface, delamination and adhesive failure are significantly reduced. Common applications include improved adhesion in touch screen display stacks. This enables improved adhesive performance in addition to elimination of more complicated and costly processes for improving adhesion.

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Why Optically Clear Surface Treatments from Aculon?

We are surface modification experts who have developed and produced optically clear surface chemistry technologies to modify a broad variety of surfaces, such as metal, glass, and polymers for nearly 20 years.

These treatments are all thin, easy to apply, safe, and non-toxic, with green options available. We have worked on countless anti fingerprint applications, invested hundreds of thousand of hours solving optical surface related challenges. You are very likely reading this as you too have a challenge that can be solved by modifying your surface to have improved surface qualities. We will work directly with you on a customized optics solution tailored to the unique needs of your product. Let us help you make your product better.

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How can we help you?

Do you have a question for us, or a product that can benefit from an optical coating? Get in touch and let’s talk!

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