Controlled formation and mixing of two-dimensional fluids
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2007
We introduce a novel technique for the controlled spreading and mixing of lipid monolayers from multilamellar precursors on surfaces covered by the hydrophobic epoxy resin SU-8. The lipid spreads as a monolayer as a result of the high surface tension between SU-8 and the aqueous environment. A micropatterned device with SU-8 lanes, injection pads, and mixing regions, surrounded by hydrophilic Au, was constructed to allow handling of lipid films and to achieve their mixing at controlled stoichiometry. Our findings offer a new approach to dynamic surface functionalization and decoration as well as surface-based catalysis and self-assembly.