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Multicolour micropatterning of thin films of dry gels ARTICLES

By Rafal Klajn, Marcin Fialkowski, Igor T. Bensemann, Agnieszka Bitner, C. J. Campbell, Kyle Bishop, Stoyan Smoukov, Bartosz and A. Grzybowski


Micropatterning of surfaces with several chemicals at different spatial locations usually requires multiple stamping and registration steps. Here, we describe an experimental method based on reaction–diffusion phenomena that allows for simultaneous micropatterning of a substrate with several coloured chemicals. In this method, called wet stamping (WETS), aqueous solutions of two or more inorganic salts are delivered onto a film of dry, ionically doped gelatin from an agarose stamp patterned in bas relief. Once in conformal contact, these salts diffuse into the gelatin, where they react to give deeply coloured precipitates. Separation of colours in the plane of the surface is the consequence of the differences in the diffusion coefficients, the solubility products, and the amounts of different salts delivered from the stamp, and is faithfully reproduced by a theoretica

Year: 2004
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