Laboratory scale devices with highly specific features and geometries provide researchers with the optimally controlled conditions required for modern research applications. Plasma treatment enables the fabrication of these devices directly through covalent bonding or indirectly by facilitating the adhesive potential of intermediate epoxys, glues or other adhesives. Either of these processes can be used to clean and bond materials including polymers, metals, semiconductor substrates and much more. Plasma treatment is the primary method of microfluidic device fabrication as PDMS-PDMS or PDMS-glass surfaces can be bonded and sealed irreversibly to create leak-tight channels with hydrophilic surfaces. This page contains brief application summaries and relevant articles concerning the use of plasma treatment in device fabrication.
APTES (3-Aminopropyl)triethoxysilane (APTES), an aminosilane originally developed as an adsorbent for affinity chromatography, has developed into a versatile tool for improving surface chemistry in cell studies and microfluidic device fabrication. Following plasma...read more
Microfluidic devices are rapidly becoming a more advantageous cell culture platform than macroscopic culture vessels (dishes, flasks and well-plates) for numerous applications. Two dimensional cell culture benefits from a vast pool of established resources: standard...read more