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Vulcanization, centrifugation, water-washing, and polymeric covering processes to optimize natural rubber membranes applied to microfluidic devices

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Autor(es):
Cabrera, Flavio C. [1] ; Dognani, Guilherme [1] ; Faita, Fabricio L. [2] ; dos Santos, Renivaldo J. [3] ; Agostini, Deuber L. S. [1] ; Bechtold, Ivan H. [4] ; Crespilho, Frank N. [5] ; Job, Aldo E. [1]
Número total de Autores: 8
Afiliação do(s) autor(es):
[1] UNESP, Fac Ciencias & Tecnol, Dept Fis Quim & Biol, BR-19060900 Presidente Prudente, SP - Brazil
[2] Univ Minho, Ctr Phys, P-4710057 Braga - Portugal
[3] Univ Estadual Paulista, Sao Paulo, SP - Brazil
[4] Univ Fed Santa Catarina, Dept Fis, BR-88040900 Florianpolis, SC - Brazil
[5] Univ Sao Paulo, Inst Quim, Sao Carlos, SP - Brazil
Número total de Afiliações: 5
Tipo de documento: Artigo Científico
Fonte: Journal of Materials Science; v. 51, n. 6, p. 3003-3012, MAR 2016.
Citações Web of Science: 4
Resumo

Natural rubber microfluidic devices are based on the replication of microchannels and chambers through the casting of latex and combine the flexibility and transparency of the polymeric platform. Natural rubber is a proposed alternative material to prepare microfluidic devices, owing to the advantages of flexibility, eco-friendliness, and lower cost compared to other commonly used polymeric microfluidic materials. However, the challenges for the use of natural rubber are the leaching of compounds when it is in contact with fluids, the low stretching resistance, and the decreases of transparency rate in terms of the water absorption rate. To overcome these issues, we report the evaluation of the essential mechanical, optical, and structural properties of natural rubber for centrifuged and pre-vulcanized rubber membranes, as well as the polymeric coating over the membrane surfaces. We propose the centrifugation process for decreasing the leach composition of the natural rubber platform and vulcanization to improve the mechanical resistance of the polymeric membrane devices. The polymeric coating prevents the leaching of compounds from natural rubber membranes and water absorption without significant reduction in transparency or increase in the hydrophobicity of the surface. Once the centrifuging, vulcanization, and coating processes improve the rubber properties, this polymer will become an alternative flexible and low-cost material for microfluidic technology. (AU)

Processo FAPESP: 11/23362-0 - Dispositivo microfluídico de borracha natural (lab-on-a-chip)
Beneficiário:Flávio Camargo Cabrera
Linha de fomento: Bolsas no Brasil - Doutorado
Processo FAPESP: 13/14262-7 - Filmes nanoestruturados de materiais de interesse biológico
Beneficiário:Osvaldo Novais de Oliveira Junior
Linha de fomento: Auxílio à Pesquisa - Temático
Processo FAPESP: 13/04663-4 - Bioeletrodos enzimáticos aplicados em biocélulas a combustível: simulação e experimental
Beneficiário:Frank Nelson Crespilho
Linha de fomento: Auxílio à Pesquisa - Regular