In order to effectively pump liquid in a fluidic chip, the PDMS or SU8 channels were frequently modified by surface treatments to obtain the hydrophilic surface but encountered the problem of the hydrophobic recovery. In this article, long-term highly hydrophilic fluidic chips were demonstrated using rapid fabrication of low-power CO2 laser ablation and low-temperature glass bonding with an interlayer of liquid crystal polymer (LCP). The intrinsic hydrophilic materials of glass and LCP were beneficial for self-driven flow in the long-term fluidic chip by surface-tension force with no extra fluidic pumps. The higher viscosity fluid could increase the difficulty of self-driven capability. The stability of contact angle and flow test of the chip after 2 months is similar to that at beginning. The high-viscosity human whole blood was successfully driven at an average moving velocity of about 1.89 mm/s for the beginning and at 2.04 mm/s after 2 months. Our fluidic chip simplifies the traditional complex fabrication procedure of glass chips and conquers the problem of traditional hydrophobic recovery.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Materials Chemistry