Poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) is a common material used in fabricating microfluidic devices. The predominant PDMS fabrication method, soft lithography, relies on photolithography for fabrication of micropatterned molds. In this technical note, we report an alternative molding technique using microscale PLasma Activated Templating (μPLAT). The use of photoresist in soft lithography is replaced by patterned water droplets created using μPLAT. When liquid PDMS encapsulates patterned water and then solidifies, the cavities occupied by water become structures such as microchannels. Using this method, device fabrication is less time consuming, more cost efficient and flexible, and ideal for rapid prototyping. An additional important feature of the water-molding process is that it yields structural profiles that are difficult to achieve using photolithography.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Biomedical Engineering