This work describes a method for surface regeneration of microfluidic microarray printheads through plasma techniques. Modification procedures were chosen in a way to obtain high reproducibility with a minimum of time consumption. The idea behind this is a complete regeneration of a microarray printhead before or after usage to achieve best printing results over a typical print job. A sequence of low-pressure oxygen-plasma and plasma polymerization with hexamethyldisiloxane (HMDSO) was used to regenerate printheads. Proof of the concept is given through quality control performed with a spotter implemented CCD camera, contact angle measurements and a typical hybridization experiment. Stable printing results were obtained over 3000 activations showing that the presented method is suitable for treatment of microarray printheads.
Griessner, M., D. Hartig, A. Christmann, E. Ehrentreich-Forster, A. Warsinke, F. F. Bier
J. Micromech. Microeng.