Topography printing to locally control wettability

Zijian Zheng, Omar Azzaroni, Feng Zhou, Wilhelm T.S. Huck

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This paper reports a new patterning method, which utilizes NaOH to facilitate the irreversible binding between the PDMS stamp and substrates and subsequent cohesive mechanical failure to transfer the PDMS patterns. Our method shows high substrate tolerance and can be used to "print" various PDMS geometries on a wide range of surfaces, including Si(100), glass, gold, polymers, and patterned SU8 photoresist. Using this technique, we are able to locally change the wettability of substrate surfaces by printing well-defined PDMS architectures on the patterned SU8 photoresist. It is possible to generate differential wetting and dewetting properties in microchannels and in the PDMS printed area, respectively.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7730-7731
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jun 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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