Strategically designing a pumpless microfluidic Device on an "inert" polypropylene substrate with potential application in biosensing and diagnostics

Elham Shirani, Amir Razmjou*, Hossein Tavassoli, Amir Landarani-Isfahani, Saghar Rezaei, Abolghasem Abbasi Kajani, Mohsen Asadnia, Jingwei Hou, Majid Ebrahimi Warkiani

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Abstract

This study is an attempt to make a step forward to implement the very immature concept of pumpless transportation of liquid into a real miniaturized device or lab-on-chip (LOC) on a plastic substrate. "Inert" plastic materials such as polypropylene (PP) are used in a variety of biomedical applications but their surface engineering is very challenging. Here, it was demonstrated that with a facile innovative wettability patterning route using fluorosilanized UV-independent TiO2 nanoparticle coating it is possible to create wedge-shaped open microfluidic tracks on inert solid surfaces for low-cost biomedical devices (lab-on-plastic). For the future miniaturization and integration of the tracks into a device, a variety of characterization techniques were used to not only systematically study the surface patterning chemistry and topography but also to have a clear knowledge of its biological interactions and performance. The effect of such surface architecture on the biological performance was studied in terms of static/dynamic protein (bovine serum albumin) adsorption, bacterial (Staphylococcus aureus and Staphylococcus epidermidis) adhesion, cell viability (using HeLa and MCF-7 cancer cell lines as well as noncancerous human fibroblast cells), and cell patterning (Murine embryonic fibroblasts). Strategies are discussed for incorporating such a confined track into a diagnostic device in which its sensing portion is based on protein, microorganism, or cells. Finally, for the proof-of-principle of biosensing application, the well-known high-affinity molecular couple of BSA-antiBSA as a biological model was employed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5565-5576
Number of pages12
JournalLangmuir
Volume33
Issue number22
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jun 2017

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