A new method of UV-patternable hydrophobization of micro- and nanofluidic networks

Rerngchai Arayanarakool, Lingling Shui, Albert van den Berg, Jan C. T. Eijkel
2011 Lab on a Chip  
This work reports a new method to hydrophobize glass-based micro-and nanofluidic networks. Conventional methods of hydrophobizing glass surfaces often create particulate debris causing clogging, especially in shallow nanochannels, or require skillful handling. Our novel method employs an oxygen plasma, silicone oil and ultraviolet (UV) light. The contact angle of the modified bare glass surface can reach 100° whilst the inner channels after treatment facilitate stable and durable water-inoil
more » ... plet generation. This modified surface was found to be stable for more than three weeks. The use of UV in principle enables in-channel hydrophobic patterning.
doi:10.1039/c1lc20716d pmid:22064947 fatcat:v6jznxmkjnbhvddifo2qx6iclu