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Reaction injection molding and direct covalent bonding of OSTE+ polymer microfluidic devices
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Micro and Nanosystems.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6443-878X
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Micro and Nanosystems.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4322-6192
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Micro and Nanosystems.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9651-4900
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering (EES), Micro and Nanosystems.
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2015 (English)In: Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, ISSN 0960-1317, E-ISSN 1361-6439, Vol. 25, no 7Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article, we present OSTE+RIM, a novel reaction injection molding (RIM) process that combines the merits of off-stoichiometric thiol–ene epoxy (OSTE+) thermosetting polymers with the fabrication of high quality microstructured parts. The process relies on the dual polymerization reactions of OSTE+ polymers, where the first curing step is used in OSTE+RIM for molding intermediately polymerized parts with well-defined shapes and reactive surface chemistries. In the facile back-end processing, the replicated parts are directly and covalently bonded and become fully polymerized using the second curing step, generating complete microfluidic devices. To achieve unprecedented rapid processing, high replication fidelity and low residual stress, OSTE+RIM uniquely incorporates temperature stabilization and shrinkage compensation of the OSTE+ polymerization during molding. Two different OSTE+ formulations were characterized and used for the OSTE+RIM fabrication of optically transparent, warp-free and natively hydrophilic microscopy glass slide format microfluidic demonstrator devices, featuring a storage modulus of 2.3 GPa and tolerating pressures of at least 4 bars. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Institute of Physics (IOP), 2015. Vol. 25, no 7
Keyword [en]
off-stoichiometric thiol–ene, epoxy, OSTE+, reaction injection molding, device fabrication, polymers, microfluidics
National Category
Nano Technology
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-165616DOI: 10.1088/0960-1317/25/7/075002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-165616DiVA: diva2:808710
Note

QC 201500618

Available from: 2015-04-29 Created: 2015-04-29 Last updated: 2017-12-04Bibliographically approved
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1. Integrating Biosensors for Air Monitoring and Breath-Based Diagnostics
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2015 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The air we breathe is the concern of all of us but nevertheless we only know very little about airborne particles, and especially which biological microorganisms they contain. Today, we live in densely populated societies with a growing number of people, making us particularly vulnerable to air transmission of pathogens. With the recent appearance of highly pathogenic types of avian influenza in southeast Asia and the seasonal outbreaks of gastroenteritis caused by the extremely contagious norovirus, the need for portable, sensitive and rapid instruments for on-site detection and monitoring of airborne pathogens is apparent.

Unfortunately, the integration incompatibility between state-of-the-art air sampling techniques and laboratory based analysis methods makes instruments for in-the-field rapid detection of airborne particles an unresolved challenge.

This thesis aims at addressing this challenge by the development of novel manufacturing, integration and sampling techniques to enable the use of label-free biosensors for rapid and sensitive analysis of airborne particles at the point-of-care or in the field.

The first part of the thesis introduces a novel reaction injection molding technique for the fabrication of high quality microfluidic cartridges. In addition, electrically controlled liquid aspiration and dispensing is presented, based on the use of a thermally actuated polymer composite integrated with microfluidic cartridges.

The second part of the thesis demonstrates three different approaches of biosensor integration with microfluidic cartridges, with a focus on simplifying the design and integration to enable disposable use of the cartridges.

The third part to the thesis presents a novel air sampling technique based on electrophoretic transport of airborne particles directly to microfluidic cartridges. This technique is enabled by the development of a novel microstructured component for integrated air-liquid interfacing. In addition, a method for liquid sample mixing with magnetic microbeads prior to downstream biosensing is demonstrated.In the fourth part of the thesis, three different applications for airborne particle biosensing are introduced and preliminary experimental results are presented.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2015. xix, 85 p.
Series
TRITA-EE, ISSN 1653-5146 ; 2015:020
National Category
Medical Laboratory and Measurements Technologies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-165454 (URN)978-91-7595-560-5 (ISBN)
Public defence
2015-05-22, Q2, Osquldas väg 10, KTH, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)
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RPARappidNorosensor
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EU, FP7, Seventh Framework ProgrammeVINNOVASwedish Research CouncilSwedish Foundation for Strategic Research
Note

QC 20150429

Available from: 2015-04-29 Created: 2015-04-28 Last updated: 2015-04-29Bibliographically approved
2. Thiol-ene and Thiol-ene-epoxy Based Polymers for Biomedical Microdevices
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Thiol-ene and Thiol-ene-epoxy Based Polymers for Biomedical Microdevices
2017 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Within healthcare there is a market pull for biomedical devices that can rapidly perform laboratory processes, such as diagnostic testing, in a hand-held format. For this reason, biomedical devices must become smaller, more sophisticated, and easier to use for a reasonable cost. However, despite the accelerating academic research on biomedical microdevices, and especially plastic-based microfluidic chips, there is still a gap between the inventions in academia and their benefit to society. To bridge this gap there is a need for new materials which both exhibit similar properties as industrial thermoplastics, and that enable rapid prototyping in academia.

In this thesis, thiol-ene and thiol-ene-epoxy thermosets are evaluated both in terms of their suitability for rapid prototyping of biomedical microdevices and their potential for industrial manufacturing of “lab-on-chips”.

The first part of the thesis focuses on material development of thiol-ene and thiol-ene-epoxy thermosets. Chemical and mechanical properties are studied, as well as in vitro biocompatibility with cells.

The second part of the thesis focuses on microfabrication methods for both thermosets. This includes reaction injection molding, photostructuring, and surface modification. It is demonstrated how thiol-ene and thiol-ene-epoxy both provide advantageous thermo-mechanical properties and versatile surface modifications via “thiol-click chemistry”.

In the end of the thesis, two applications for both polymer platforms are demonstrated. Firstly, thiol-ene is used for constructing nanoliter well arrays for liquid storage and on-demand electrochemical release. Secondly, thiol-ene-epoxy is used to enhance the biocompatibility of neural probes by tuning their flexibility.

It is concluded that both thiol-ene and thiol-ene-epoxy thermosets exhibit several properties that are highly suitable for rapid prototyping as well as for scalable manufacturing of biomedical microdevices.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2017. 93 p.
Series
TRITA-EE, ISSN 1653-5146 ; 2017:129
Keyword
biomedical microdevices, lab-on-a-chip, off-stoichiometry thiol-ene, OSTE, thiol-ene-epoxy, hybrid polymer networks, reaction injection molding, photostructuring, surface modification, bonding, liquid encapsulation, biocompatibility
National Category
Electrical Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Information Engineering Medical Engineering Medical Biotechnology Materials Engineering
Research subject
Electrical Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-215110 (URN)978-91-7729-530-3 (ISBN)
Public defence
2017-11-13, F3, Lindstedtsvägen 26, Stockholm, 10:15 (English)
Opponent
Supervisors
Funder
EU, European Research CouncilEU, FP7, Seventh Framework Programme
Note

QC 20171003

Available from: 2017-10-03 Created: 2017-10-02 Last updated: 2017-10-03Bibliographically approved

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