Marizza, Paolo3; Keller, Stephan Sylvest3; Boisen, Anja3
1 Department of Micro- and Nanotechnology, Technical University of Denmark2 Nanoprobes, Department of Micro- and Nanotechnology, Technical University of Denmark3 Center for Intelligent Drug Delivery and Sensing Using Microcontainers and Nanomechanics, Center, Technical University of Denmark
We present an innovative technique to dispense precise amounts of polymer solutions into large arrays of microscopic wells. An inkjet printer (NP 2.1 GeSim, Germany) is used to fill micro-wells with poly (vinyl pyrrolidone) (PVP K10). The micro-wells are fabricated with cavity diameters of 300 μm down to 50 μm with SU-8 with two steps of negative photolithography. Inkjet printing is shown to be a suitable technique to dispense defined volumes of solution (down to 0.3 nL) in a highly reproducible way. The filling with polymer can be controlled varying the concentration of the solution and the number of dispensed droplets. Solutions of up to 20 wt.% PVP in water are successfully spotted.
Microelectronic Engineering, 2013, Vol 111, p. 391-395