Abstract by Daniel Ballif
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Methyl Methacrylate Based Photopolymerizing Resin for 3D Printing Microfluidic Devices
Stereolithographic 3D printing is increasingly being used in microfluidics. I have been working to find possible resin formulas to be used in the 3D printing of these devices with emphasis on the monomer methyl methacrylate (MMA). Research in this vein will lead to further application of 3D printing, specifically in microfluidics. First, photoinitiators and UV absorbers were tested for solubility and stability. Next, I created simple resins which were photopolymerized to test for polymerization compatibility with the 3D printer. Due to the length of time required to polymerize MMA based resins, research on them was discontinued. From these experiments, many possible formula components were identified, and further testing is ongoing to optimize formulations and printing parameters of new resins. Being trained on using a custom 3D printer, I have also been printing microfluidic devices for use in research related to preterm birth biomarker detection.