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Forward electrohydrodynamic inkjet printing of optical microlenses on microfluidic devices

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Abstract

We report a novel method for direct printing of viscous polymers based on a pyro-electrohydrodynamic repulsion system capable of overcoming limitations on the material type, geometry and thickness of the receiving substrate. In fact, the results demonstrate that high viscosity polymers can be easily manipulated for optical functionalizing of lab-on-a-chip devices through demonstration of direct printing of polymer microlenses onto microfluidic chips and optical fibre terminations. The present system has great potential for applications from biomolecules to nano-electronics. Moreover, in order to prove the effectiveness of the system, the optical performance of such microlenses has been characterized by testing their imaging capabilities when the fibroblast cells were allowed to flow inside the microfluidic channel, showing one of their possible applications on-board a LoC platform.

Graphical abstract: Forward electrohydrodynamic inkjet printing of optical microlenses on microfluidic devices

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The article was received on 11 Nov 2015, accepted on 27 Nov 2015 and first published on 11 Dec 2015


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C5LC01386K
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Citation: Lab Chip, 2016,16, 326-333

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    Forward electrohydrodynamic inkjet printing of optical microlenses on microfluidic devices

    V. Vespini, S. Coppola, M. Todino, M. Paturzo, V. Bianco, S. Grilli and P. Ferraro, Lab Chip, 2016, 16, 326
    DOI: 10.1039/C5LC01386K

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