2010/02/11

Breathing moisture barrier film and bottom-less plates


(More stuff out of my "ideas" Google Doc)

ACLAR film:
Typically used for embedding histology sections.  Fluorcarbon based, clear as glass, flexible, and easy to cut - I'm assuming doesn't produce shards. According to the specs, it has a high O2 permeability, but low to nill moisture transmission.

Potentially useful for a number of things:
  • a way to get around special rehydration channels or fluorinert in valve lines in PDMS based microfluidics
    • top
      • thick casting for structural support
      • aclar film
      • control layer (thin)
      • flow layer (thin)
      • glass slide/coverslip
    • bottom
  • a lid for microplate readers - I wonder if they make the stuff with adhesive backing.

Greiner Bio-One makes bottom less plates now!
These would be useful if the LED tray experiments get started again - no need to custom manufacture the base plate.

These might also be useful for more standardized microfluidic assembly - e.g. select a large bottomless well plate (6-well). Glue a chip (glass and all) to one of the wells from the bottom.