FLASH: A rapid method for prototyping paper-based microfluidic devices

Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA.
Lab on a Chip (Impact Factor: 6.12). 01/2009; 8(12):2146-50. DOI: 10.1039/b811135a
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This article describes FLASH (Fast Lithographic Activation of Sheets), a rapid method for laboratory prototyping of microfluidic devices in paper. Paper-based microfluidic devices are emerging as a new technology for applications in diagnostics for the developing world, where low cost and simplicity are essential. FLASH is based on photolithography, but requires only a UV lamp and a hotplate; no clean-room or special facilities are required (FLASH patterning can even be performed in sunlight if a UV lamp and hotplate are unavailable). The method provides channels in paper with dimensions as small as 200 microm in width and 70 microm in height; the height is defined by the thickness of the paper. Photomasks for patterning paper-based microfluidic devices can be printed using an ink-jet printer or photocopier, or drawn by hand using a waterproof black pen. FLASH provides a straightforward method for prototyping paper-based microfluidic devices in regions where the technological support for conventional photolithography is not available.

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    • "PADs can be produced through photolithography, handcrafting, cutting, or printing methods. Photolithography methods[15]require a UV lamp, hotplate, and a mask, and embed the photoresist into the paper by means of UV exposure through the mask. In handcrafted methods, the devices are fabricated via a manual wax drawing or stamping process[16]. "

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