Clean Room

ISO-7 clean room facility mainly devoted to microfabrication protocols based on photolithography and soft-lithography, performed in controlled environment.

Contact angle apparatus

It is a custom-made contact angle setup that allows measuring contact, advancing and receding angles of sessile drop deposited on a surface from one or two views at the same time. This allows the wettability characterization of both homogeneous and patterned asymmetrically surface.

Flow and pressure control system

The laboratory is equipped with various type of syringe pumps and pressure controllers to achieve the precise control of small amount of liquids in microfluidic channels.

3D printers

The laboratory is equipped with two 3D printers based on SLA (Stereolithography) and FDM (fused deposition modeling)

Permanent and variable magnetic field control

A large set of magnets are available in the laboratory. They are typically used for studying and manipulating ferrofluids.

Fluorescence Microscope (Nikon)

The microscope mounts different objectives (from 4x to 100x), two cameras and it typically used for flow observation (tracking), fluorescence image acquisition, microfluidic channel visualization and characterization.

UVO cleaner

UV radiation is employed to generate ozone (O3) atmosphere, a reactive allotrope of oxygen which easily oxidizes organic residues. Ozone treatment is employed to clean glass and metal surfaces.

Spin coater

Spin coaters are used to evenly spread a liquid across a surface by rotating the surface at high speed, exploiting the centrifugal force. This is conventionally used for created coating precisely controlled in thickness.

Hydraulic press

The press can provide between 0-5 tons and is equipped with a temperature controlled module. Even if it can be used for a wide range of laboratory applications, it is exploited used for hot-embossing application.

Oxygen plasma

This plasma can be used both in air and oxygen atmosphere, for cleaning scopes (remove impurities and contaminants from surfaces), as well as for bonding and sealing purposes, by surface activation. 

Collimated UV-lamp

The lamp setup provides a homogenous UV radiation on a circular area of 9 cm. This instrument is the core of the photolithographic processes.