[Small] Prof. Xu HOU's group published a paper entitled "Bioinspired Universal Flexible Elastomer-Based Microchannels"

Publish Date:2018-4-17     Visited21Times    bsp;  

Title: Bioinspired Universal Flexible Elastomer-Based Microchannels

Author: Feng Wu Songyue Chen Baiyi Chen Miao Wang Lingli Min Jack Alvarenga Jie Ju Ali Khademhosseini Yuxing Yao Yu Shrike Zhang Joanna Aizenberg Xu Hou*


Flexible and stretchable microscale fluidic devices have a broad range of potential applications, ranging from electronic wearable devices for convenient digital lifestyle to biomedical devices. However, simple ways to achieve stable flexible and stretchable fluidic microchannels with dynamic liquid transport have been challenging because every application for elastomeric microchannels is restricted by their complex fabrication process and limited material selection. Here, a universal strategy for building microfluidic devices that possess exceptionally stable and stretching properties is shown. The devices exhibit superior mechanical deformability, including high strain (967%) and recovery ability, where applications as both strain sensor and pressure‐flow regulating device are demonstrated. Various microchannels are combined with organic, inorganic, and metallic materials as stable composite microfluidics. Furthermore, with surface chemical modification these stretchable microfluidic devices can also obtain antifouling property to suit for a broad range of industrial and biomedical applications.

Full Link: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/smll.201702170