A number of materials used to fabricate disposable microfluidic devices are hydrophobic in nature with water contact angles on their surface ranging from 80 to over 100. This characteristic makes them unsuitable for a number of microfluidic applications. Both the wettability and analyte adsorption parameters are highly dependent on the surface hydrophobicity. In this article, we propose a general method to coat the surface of five materials: polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS), cyclic olefin copolymer (COC), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polycarbonate (PC), and polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). This fast and robust process, which is easily implementable in any laboratory including microfabrication clean room facilities, was devised by combining gas-phase and wet chemical modification processes. Two different coatings that improve the surface hydrophilicity were prepared via the "dip and rinse" approach by immersing the plasma oxidized materials into an aqueous solution of two different poly(dimethylacrylamide) copolymers incorporating a silane moiety and functionalized with either N-acryloyloxysuccinimide (NAS) (poly(DMA-NAS-MAPS) or glycidyl methacrylate (GMA) (poly(DMA-GMA-MAPS). The coating formation was confirmed by contact angle (CA) analysis comparing the variation of CAs of uncoated and coated surfaces subjected to different aging treatments. The antifouling character of the polymer was demonstrated by fluorescence and interferometric detection of proteins adsorbed on the surafce. This method is of great interest in microfluidics due to its broad applicability to a number of materials with varying chemical compositions.
Universal hydrophilic coating of thermoplastic polymers currently used in microfluidics / C. Zilio, L. Sola, F. Damin, L. Faggioni, M. Chiari. - In: BIOMEDICAL MICRODEVICES. - ISSN 1387-2176. - 16:1(2014), pp. 107-114.
|Titolo:||Universal hydrophilic coating of thermoplastic polymers currently used in microfluidics|
ZILIO, CATERINA (Primo)
SOLA, LAURA (Secondo)
|Parole Chiave:||Antifouling; COC; Hydrophilic coating; PC; PDMS; PET; PTFE; Surface coating; Adsorption; Cell Culture Techniques; Dimethylpolysiloxanes; Microfluidic Analytical Techniques; Microfluidics; Polycarboxylate Cement; Polyethylene Glycols; Polymers; Water; Wettability; Hydrophobic and Hydrophilic Interactions; Biomedical Engineering; Molecular Biology|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore CHIM/06 - Chimica Organica|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2014|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10544-013-9810-8|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|