It combines polymer film technology with classical technologies such as injection moulding and high-resolution biomolecule printing.
Current production technologies do not support the mass production of complex nano-patterned surfaces, which means it is not possible to transfer nano-enabled surfaces (NES) and nano-enabled membranes (NEM) to commercial microfluidic devices.
Further processing, nano-coatings, nano-based ink printing and NEM lamination require very complex operations, restricting the scale-up and performance potential of the process.
To overcome this drawback, the project managers are developing a platform for large-scale NES and NEM production. This combines polymer film technology with classical technologies such as injection moulding and high-resolution biomolecule printing.
The project is expected to reach a high-performance production capacity of one million components per year to boost the industrial manufacturing of microfluidic devices.