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Single-step manufacturing of femtoliter microwell arrays in a novel surface energy mimicking polymer
KU Leuven, Belgium.
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Micro and Nanosystems.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9177-1174
KU Leuven, Belgium.
KU Leuven, Belgium.
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2015 (English)In: 18th International Conference on Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems (IEEE TRANSDUCER 2015), IEEE , 2015Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

We report a novel polymer material formulation and stamp-molding technique that enable rapid single-step manufacturing of hydrophilic-in-hydrophobic microwell arrays. We developed a modified thiol-ene-epoxy polymer (mOSTE+) formulation that mimics the surface energy of its mold during polymerization. The polymer inherits the surface energy from the mold through molecular self-assembly, in which functional monomers self-assemble at the interface between the liquid prepolymer and the mold surface. Combining this novel mOSTE+ material with a stamp-molding process leads to simultaneous surface energy mimicking and micro-structuring. This method was used to manufacture microwells with hydrophilic bottom and hydrophobic sidewall, depressed in a surrounding hydrophobic surface. The microwell arrays were successfully tested for the self-assembly of 62’000 femtoliter-droplets. Such femtoliter droplet arrays are useful for, e.g., digital ELISA and single cell/molecule analysis applications.

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IEEE , 2015.
Keyword [en]
OSTE, microarray, bioassay, biosensor, diagnostics, lab-on-chip, loc, microfluidics, OSTEmer, surface modification, microwell, microwell array
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Nano Technology Other Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering Textile, Rubber and Polymeric Materials Medical Laboratory and Measurements Technologies Polymer Technologies
Research subject
Materials Science and Engineering; Electrical Engineering; Biotechnology; Fibre and Polymer Science; Medical Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-159580ISI: 000380461400128ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84955439055OAI: diva2:785864
18th International Conference on Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems (IEEE TRANSDUCER 2015), Alaska, USA, 21-25 Jun, 2015

QC 20150210

Available from: 2015-02-04 Created: 2015-02-04 Last updated: 2016-09-02Bibliographically approved

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