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Abstract by Daniel Ballif

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Presenter's Name

Daniel Ballif

Degree Level

Undergraduate

Co-Authors

Michael Beauchamp
Adam Woolley

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Department

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Faculty Advisor

Adam Woolley

Title

Methyl Methacrylate Based Photopolymerizing Resin for 3D Printing Microfluidic Devices

Abstract

Preterm birth leads to major complications in the health of the child and is a leading cause of death among infants. We are developing a technique to use a 3D printed lab on a chip device to test for biomarkers related to preterm birth risk. Stereolithographic 3D printing is being used for the construction of these devices. We are working to find possible resin formulas to be used in the 3D printing of these devices with emphasis on the monomer methyl methacrylate. First, photoinitiators and UV absorbers were tested for solubility and stability. Next, we created simple resins which were photopolymerized to test for polymerization compatibility with the 3D printer. Finally, we created a functional resin which would then be optimized and printed in a 3D printer. From these experiments, many possible formula components were identified, and further testing is ongoing to optimize formulations and printing parameters.