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Accessible and Cost‐Effective Method of PDMS Microdevices Fabrication Using a Reusable Photopolymer Mold

Bourguignon, Natalia, Olmos, Carol M., Sierra‐Rodero, Marina, Peñaherrera, Ana, Rosero, Gustavo, Pineda, Pedro, Vizuete, Karla, Arroyo, Carlos R., Cumbal, Luis, Lasorsa, Carlos, Perez, Maximiliano S., Lerner, Betiana
Journal of polymer science 2018 v.56 no.21 pp. 1433-1442
atomic force microscopy, cost effectiveness, microchip technology, oils, polydimethylsiloxane, scanning electron microscopy
This work describes a novel and cost‐effective method of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) microchips fabrication by using a printing plate photopolymer called Flexcel as a master mold (Fmold). This method has demonstrated the ability to generate multiple devices from a single master, reaching a minimum channel size of 25 μm, structures height ranging from 53 to 1500 μm and achieving dimensions of 1270 × 2062 mm², which are larger than those obtained by the known techniques to date. Scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, and profilometry techniques have been employed to characterize the Fmold and PDMS replicas. The results showed high replication fidelity of Fmold to the PDMS replica. Furthermore, it was proved the reusability of the Fmold. In our study, up to 50 PDMS replicas have been fabricated without apparent degradation of the mold. The feasibility of the resulting PDMS replica was effectively demonstrated using a microfluidic device for enhanced oil recovery analysis. © 2018 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Polym. Sci., Part B: Polym. Phys. 2018, 56, 1433–1442