Ariadna Fernández


Research Engineer

Microfabrication and Exploratory Nanotechnology

Ariadna Fernández has PhD obtained at the Institut Català de Nanotecnología (ICN2) (2016). She also holds Physics Degree from Universidad de Santiago de Compostela (2012) and a MSc degree from the Universitat de Barcelona (2013).

Her PhD has been aimed at upgrading existing injection moulding production technology, through the development of a complete nanoimprint lithography solution for structuring the free-form surfaces of injection moulding tools and tool insert.

Throughout her thesis period she has focused on biomimetic structures for enhanced self-cleaning application, for which she has developed a combination of different Nanoimprint Lithography (NIL) techniques. She has developed a new Reverse NIL fabrication approach, allowing the imprint over different curved and pre-patterned surfaces. With this fabrication method, she developed different 3D hierarchical structures with excellent self-cleaning properties. I also discovered the co-existence of different wetting behaviours on a 3D structured surface.