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SELECTBIO Conferences Point-of-Care Diagnostics World Congress


SIMPL-CD: Shrink Induced Manufacturing Platform for Low Cost Diagnostics

Michelle Khine, Associate Professor, University of California-Irvine

The challenge of micro- and nano-fabrication lies in the difficulties and costs associated with patterning at such high resolution. To make such promising technology – which could enable pervasive health monitoring and disease detection/surveillance – more accessible and
pervasive, there is a critical need to develop a manufacturing approach such that prototypes as well as complete manufactured devices cost only pennies. To accomplish this, instead of relying on traditional fabrication techniques largely inherited from the
semiconductor industry, we have pioneered a radically different approach. Leveraging the inherent heat-induced relaxation of pre-stressed thermoplastic sheets – commodity shrink-wrap film – we pattern in a variety of ways at the large scale and achieve our desired structures by controlled shrinking down to 5% of the original,
patterned sizes. This enables us to ‘beat’ the limit of resolution inherent to traditional ‘top-down’ manufacturing approaches. With these tunable shape memory polymers, compatible with roll-to-roll as
well as lithographic processing, we can robustly integrate extremely high surface area and high aspect ratio nanostructures directly into our microsystems. Importantly, our metallic nano structures (self-assembled due to the stiffness mismatch between the thin metal
film deposited on the retracting plastic sheet) have demonstrated unprecedented electromagnetic field enhancements. This ultra rapid fabrication approach therefore results in field-compatible plastic based microfluidic systems with integrated nanostructures for robust signal amplification. This design-on-demand approach to create a suite of custom biomedical tools for low cost diagnostics including sample prep with magnetic nanotraps, embedded on-chip electrodes, microlens arrays, surface enhanced sensing substrates,  patternable superhydrophobic surfaces for channeless microfluidics, and flexible electronics.

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