By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Journal of Technology -- Current study results on Materials Science have been published. According to news reporting from Heidelberg, Germany, by VerticalNews journalists, research stated, "Surfaces patterned with both hydrophilic and hydrophobic regions are useful in a variety of applications. For example, they can be used as surface tension-confined microchannels, in paper-based microfluidics, or for patterning cells."
The news correspondents obtained a quote from the research from the University of Heidelberg, "To create a new patterned substrate, usually the entire experimental procedure must be repeated, which can be time-consuming and laborious. In this paper, we present a simple and fast method that allows the transfer of superhydrophilic-superhydrophobic micropatterns in porous polymer films onto adhesive tape. Replicating patterns using adhesive tape is economical, as the fabrication of one patterned substrate can be used to create multiple copies of the micropatterns, which can then be used for several different experiments. We demonstrate that at least twelve consecutive copies can be made from 125 pm-thick patterned polymer films. Since the polymer film is transferred to adhesive tape, which is flexible, the copies can be used on curved surfaces and they can also be cut into different shapes and sizes."
According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "We also demonstrate an application of the replicated patterned polymer surfaces as a substrate for reverse cell transfection experiments."
For more information on this research see: Facile and Multiple Replication of Superhydrophilic-Superhydrophobic Patterns Using Adhesive Tape. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2013;5(16):8053-8057. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces can be contacted at: Amer Chemical Soc, 1155 16TH St, NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA. (American Chemical Society - www.acs.org; ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces - www.pubs.acs.org/journal/aamick)
Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting P. Auad, Heidelberg Univ, Dept. of Appl Phys Chem, D-69047 Heidelberg, Germany. Additional authors for this research include E. Ueda and P.A. Levkin.
Keywords for this news article include: Europe, Germany, Heidelberg, Materials Science
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