We fabricate microfludic reactors using photolithography and rapid prototyping. Masters are produced using SU8 2000 or NOA81 photoresists and then replicated in poly(dimethyl siloxane). Alternatively, solvent-resistant devices are produced using an ultra-rapid prototyping method by photopolymerising a polymer network, reported earlier and coined Frontal Photopolymerisation as it can also yield pseudo-3D structures.
Synthesis and formulation in microfluidics for various applications, including even paints and hair conditioners!
Z. T. Cygan, J. T. Cabral, K. L. Beers, and E. J. Amis, "Microfluidic Platform for Generation of Organic Phase Microreactors", Langmuir 21, 3629 (2005).
J. T. Cabral, S. D. Hudson, C. Harrison, and J. F. Douglas, "Frontal Photopolymerization for Microfluidic Applications", Langmuir 20, 10020 (2004). - Cover article.
T. Wu, Y. Mei, J. T. Cabral, C. Xu, and K. L. Beers, "A New Synthetic Method for Controlled Polymerization Using a Microfluidic System", J. Am. Chem. Soc. 126, 9880 (2004).
K. L. Beers, J. T. Cabral, K. L. Beers, and E.J. Amis, "High Throughput Measurements of Polymer Fluids for Formulations" Mat. Res. Soc. Symp. Proc. 804, JJ7.4.1-8 (2004).
C. Harrison, J. T. Cabral*, C. M. Stafford, A. Karim and E. J. Amis, "A rapid prototyping technique for the fabrication of solvent resistant structures", J. Micromech. Micromach. 14, 153 (2004).