The TDSU4 provides services and scientific support within the design, fabrication and optimization of micro-structured materials and microfluidic devices.
Several microfabrication technologies (photolithography, soflithography, etching, thin metal deposition, droplet microfluidics) and bonding procedures are applied to different organic and inorganic materials and combined to develop novel cell-scale sensors and tailored microfluidic chips, mainly for biological and biophysical applications.
- Design, fabrication and optimization of microfluidic devices
- Microstructuring of organic and inorganic materials by means of:
- Photolithography (Mask Aligner and Laser Lithography)
- Deep Reactive Ion Etching on glass and silicon
- Fabrication of microelectrodes
- Bonding procedures (PDMS/PDMS ; PDMS/glass ; glass/glass ; PDMS/SU8)
- Microfluidic platform (Fast Fluorescence Microscope, Pressurized Pump, Flow Sensors)
- Droplet microfluidic technology (production of water in oil (W/O) or oil in water (O/W) micro-emulsions)
- Design and production of tailored micro-gel beads, controlling size, refractive index, mechanical properties and functionalization
- Chemical and physical processes to control surface wetting properties
- Surface topography and thin film thickness analysis by optical profiling microscope