hey, that was my idea

August 3, 2009 at 8:14 am | | everyday science, literature

Good thing I didn’t pursue an idea I had a month ago, because I would have been scooped very quickly.

The basic idea is to write 3D microfluidic channels in situ by photoconverting a hydrophobic gel to a hydrophilic surface (or vice versa). In the regions that are photoconverted, water should be able to enter and flow.

And that’s what they did in this JACS paper:


Pretty cool. Given that this is on silica particles instead of a gel, it may not be suitable for the applications I had in mind. Still, I like it.


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  1. scooped by us*! suck it :-P

    *the royal “us” by which I mean not me personally but by those around me

    Comment by excimer — August 3, 2009 #

  2. I will verify this claim. Sam had this idea a long time ago. I thought it sucked then, and I still do too.

    Comment by Mike — August 4, 2009 #

  3. mike, i know that’s just the bourbon talking…

    Comment by sam — August 5, 2009 #

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