Micro-Structuring of New Materials Combined with Electronic Polymers for Interfaces with Cells
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Materials based on novel Off-Stoichiometry Thiol-Ene polymers, abbreviated OSTE, show promising properties as materials forlow cost and scalable manufacturing of micro- and nanosystems such as lab-on-chip devices. The OSTE materials have tunablemechanical properties, offer possibility for low temperature bonding to many surfaces via tunable surface chemistry, and can beused in soft lithography. Unlike the commonly used elastomer poly(dimethylsiloxane), PDMS, the OSTE materials have lowpermeability for gasses, are resistant to common solvents and can be more permanently surface modified.In this master’s thesis project, the OSTE materials have been evaluated with focus on compatibility with cells, possibility fornanostructuring using soft lithography and the use of OSTE as a flexible support for conducting polymers.Results from cell seeding studies with HEP G2 cells suggest that cells can proliferate on a low thiol off-stoichiometry OSTEmaterial for at least five days. The biocompatibility for this type of OSTE material may be similar to poly(styrene). However, highlevels of free thiol monomers in the material decrease cell viability considerably.By using soft lithography techniques it is possible to fabricate OSTE nanochannels with at least the dimensions of 400 nm x 15nm. Combined with the advantages of using the OSTE materials, such as low temperature bonding and possibility for stablesurface modifications, a candidate construction material for future development of systems for DNA analysis is at hand.OSTE can serve as a flexible support for an adsorbed film of a conducting polymer with the possibility for future applicationssuch as electronic interfaces in microsystems. In this project, a film of PEDOT:PSS with the electrical resistance of ~5 kΩ wascreated by adsorption to an flexible OSTE material. Furthermore, results suggest that it is possible to further optimize theconductivity and water resistance of PEDOT:PSS films on OSTE.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 80 p.
Off-Stoichiometry Thiol-Ene, Polydimethylsiloxane, Microsystems, Nanosystems, Conducting polymers, HEP G2 cells, Cell viability, Soft lithography, DNA
Biomedical Laboratory Science/Technology Other Medical Biotechnology Medical Biotechnology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-78766ISRN: LITH-IFM-A-EX--12/2684--SEOAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-78766DiVA: diva2:535654
Subject / course
UppsokPhysics, Chemistry, Mathematics
Elfwing, Anders, Ph.D. Student
Inganäs, Olle, Professor