A Photolithographic Approach to Polymeric Microneedles Array Fabrication
AbstractIn this work, two procedures for fabrication of polymeric microneedles based on direct photolithography, without any etching or molding process, are reported. Polyethylene glycol (average molecular weight 250 Da), casted into a silicone vessel and exposed to ultraviolet light (365 nm) through a mask, cross-links when added by a commercial photocatalyzer. By changing the position of the microneedles support with respect to the vessel, different shapes and lengths can be achieved. Microneedles from a hundred microns up to two millimeters have been obtained just tuning the radiation dose, by changing the exposure time (5–15 s) and/or the power density (9–18 mW/cm2) during photolithography. Different microneedle shapes, such as cylindrical, conic or lancet-like, for specific applications such as micro-indentation or drug delivery, are demonstrated. View Full-Text
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Dardano, P.; Caliò, A.; Di Palma, V.; Bevilacqua, M.F.; Di Matteo, A.; De Stefano, L. A Photolithographic Approach to Polymeric Microneedles Array Fabrication. Materials 2015, 8, 8661-8673.
Dardano P, Caliò A, Di Palma V, Bevilacqua MF, Di Matteo A, De Stefano L. A Photolithographic Approach to Polymeric Microneedles Array Fabrication. Materials. 2015; 8(12):8661-8673.Chicago/Turabian Style
Dardano, Principia; Caliò, Alessandro; Di Palma, Vincenza; Bevilacqua, Maria F.; Di Matteo, Andrea; De Stefano, Luca. 2015. "A Photolithographic Approach to Polymeric Microneedles Array Fabrication." Materials 8, no. 12: 8661-8673.