Fabrication of Omniphobic-Omniphilic Micropatterns using GPOSS-PDMS Coating

Авторы: Карцев Д.Д.Прилепский А.Ю., Лукьянов И.М., Шарапенков Э.Г., Клавинг А.В., Aleksandr Goltaev, Alexey Mozharov, Liliia Dvoretckaia, Мухин И., Pavel A. Levkin


Surfaces with special wettability properties, such as omniphobicity or omniphilicity, are essential for functional devices that use both aqueous and organic media. Micropatterning of omniphobic and omniphilic properties can provide a wide range of applications, including miniaturized experiments using both aqueous and organic media. Herein, an approach for creating omniphobic-omniphilic micropatterns based on selective photoacid polymerization of octa(3-glycidyloxypropyl) polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane modified with mono-aminopropyl-terminated polydimethylsiloxane is reported. The composition of the polymeric coatings using infrared spectroscopy; patterning accuracy using atomic force microscopy and scanning electron microscopy; wettability characteristics of the omniphobic, and omniphilic surfaces using contact angle measurements are studied. The proposed approach allows for single-step micropatterning (sub-10 µm) or macropatterning (3 mm). Liquids with surface tensions >22.8 mN m−1 can be confined to the omniphilic areas by the omniphobic borders. C2C12 cells are successfully cultivated in omniphilic areas, demonstrating their cell compatibility. The cells adhere to and grow on the entire surface of the pattern, without any signs of cytotoxicity. However, the strongest adhesion is observed in the omniphilic areas, making it possible to create cell micropatterns in a single step. The proposed method for the fabrication of omniphobic-omniphilic transparent, mechanically robust, biocompatible patterns can find applications in microfluidics, biotechnology or miniaturized biological screening experiments.