SUBJECT: M.S. Thesis Presentation
BY: David Fender
TIME: Monday, August 12, 2019, 3:00 p.m.
PLACE: MARC Building, 201
TITLE: Automated De-bonding and Peeling of Molded PDMS Layers for Microfluidic Device Production
COMMITTEE: Dr. Shreyes Melkote, Co-Chair (ME)
Dr. Stephen Balakirsky, Co-Chair (GTRI)
Dr. Christopher Saldana (ME)


Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) based microfluidic devices contain micro-scale channels used for routing fluids in bio-chemical analysis. The existing methods for producing such microfluidic devices are highly labor intensive and require expensive materials and processes. An alternative approach is to use a machined metal mold for curing the PDMS layers, which are then assembled into a device. This thesis developed innovative methods for robotic de-bonding and peeling of cured PDMS layers from a machined aluminum mold.