Cost-Effective Fabrication of Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) Microfluidics for Point-of-Care Application


  • Adilah Ayoib
  • Noor Amalina Aini Abdul Karim
  • Uda Hashim
  • Shahidah Arina Shamsuddin
  • Siti Fatimah Abd Rahman
  • Mohamad Faris Mohamad Fathil
  • Nor Azizah Parmin



Microfluidics fabrication pertains to the construction of small-scale devices and systems that manipulate and control small volumes of fluids. This process involves precise engineering and manufacturing procedures aimed at designing and producing these devices, which find applications in healthcare, environmental monitoring, and chemical analysis. The present study showcases an inexpensive approach to fabricate microfluidics channels using PDMS biopolymer and soft lithography technique to achieve laminar fluid flow. Initially, a robust and adhesive mold was created by fabricating a master template using several layers of SU-8 5 and SU-8 2015 negative photoresists. Subsequently, PDMS microfluidics channels were replicated and sealed onto a glass substrate through plasma bonding treatment. High-power microscopy images and profilometer analyses demonstrated successful fabrication with minimal deviation from the initial designs and the fabricated devices (less than 0.07 mm, less than 0.6°). Both the SU-8 master template and PDMS replicate displayed average microchannel height values and surface roughness of 100 μm and 0.26 μm or lower, respectively. Additionally, the fluid test confirmed laminar flow without any leakage post plasma oxidation, indicating the completion of an efficient and cost-effective fabrication process.


SU-8 photoresist, Fabrication, PDMS, Microfluidics, Soft Lithography, Point-of-care analysis




How to Cite

Adilah Ayoib, “Cost-Effective Fabrication of Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) Microfluidics for Point-of-Care Application”, IJNeaM, vol. 17, no. June, pp. 143–151, Jun. 2024.