Enhanced wetting properties of silicon mesh microchannels coated with SiO2/SnO2 nanoparticles through layer-by-layer self assembly

Tao Zhang, Tianhong Cui

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Abstract

The enhanced wetting property of silicon mesh microchannels coated with SiO2/SnO2 nanoparticles is presented in this paper. The SiO2/SnO2 bi-layers are prepared using layer-by-layer nano self assembly. It is found that the silicon mesh microchannels are super hydrophilic and demonstrated powerful capillary. The capillary rise rate is characterized by measuring the front location of liquid on the silicon mesh surface, laid on a 45° inclined platform. For a silicon mesh sample with an overall dimension of 25 mm × 25 mm, when the microchannel width is 0.5 mm, the liquid front can reach the top edge of the sample in approximately 30 s. The mesh silicon surface with a SiO2/SnO2 multilayer film presented in this paper has better wettability and higher capillary pressure than other hydrophilic surfaces reported. The results provide a new way to improve the capillary in microchannels with enhanced super hydrophilic surfaces in microchannels for variety of micro/nanofluidic applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)697-702
Number of pages6
JournalSensors and Actuators, B: Chemical
Volume157
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 20 2011

Keywords

  • Capillary
  • Layer-by-layer nano self assembly
  • Nanoparticle
  • Wetting property

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