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Conformal Hydrogel-Skin Coating on a Microfluidic Channel through Microstamping Transfer of the Masking Layer

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posted on 2023-05-18, 04:13 authored by Wonhyung Lee, Jongkyeong Lim, Joonwon Kim
Poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) is used in microfluidics owing to its biocompatibility and simple fabrication. However, its intrinsic hydrophobicity and biofouling inhibit its microfluidic applications. Conformal hydrogel-skin coating for PDMS microchannels, involving the microstamping transfer of the masking layer, is reported herein. A selective uniform hydrogel layer with a thickness of ∼1 μm was coated in diverse PDMS microchannels with a resolution of ∼3 μm, maintaining its structure and hydrophilicity after 180 days (6 months). The wettability transition of PDMS was demonstrated through the switched emulsification in a flow-focusing device (water-in-oil [pristine PDMS] to oil-in-water [hydrophilic PDMS]). A one-step bead-based immunoassay was performed to detect the anti-severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 IgG using a hydrogel-skin-coated point-of-care platform.