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*Rapid prototyping of thermoplastics*
*Professor of Physics, Brandeis University*
The explosion of lab-on-a-chip designs in academics circa 2000 was due to
the development of soft lithography based on the elastomer PDMS. However,
few commercial applications are produced in PDMS. Instead, most commercial
microfluidics are produced in thermoplastics for reasons of lower
manufacturing costs, improved solvent resistance and ease of surface
treatments. Academic labs have been slow to adopt thermoplastics because of
challenges in making masters, in creating replicas, in sealing devices and
in surface treatment.
We report a method that solves all the above
mentioned problems and is practical, inexpensive, reliable and works for a
wide variety of designs. It has allowed us to manufacture chips in the
thermoplastic COC faster, better and cheaper than with PDMS and positions
academic labs one step closer to commercialization.
*Wednesday, July 27th, 2016*
*5:30 p.m. ? 6:30 p.m.*
*2nd floor Maxwell Dworkin Lounge*
*Pizzas start at 5:20 p.m.*