3D and composite particles offer advantages as sorting material, smart materials and building blocks for self-assembled structures with complex functionality, which would impact fields in drug delivery, tissue engineering, optics, and electro mechanics.
While recent advances in the field of colloid synthesis have produced
anisotropic (non-spherical) particles, the ability to rapidly control
three dimensional (3D) size and shape and chemistry independently, has
not been demonstrated. There is also limitations of morphology and functionality.
Lock Release Lithography (LRL) allows for a high-throughput production of particles with complex 3D morphologies and composite particles with configurable chemistries. LRL utilizes a combination of topology, mask-design, and pressure-induced channel deformation to form and release particles in a cycled fashion.
- A simpler means to synthesize patterned particles and also gives control over morphology, functionality, and composition.
- LRL technology can be used to easily generate various 3D and complex, composite particles with a broad range of potential chemistries, interwoven or excluded, with incorporated entities, such as nucleic acids, proteins, and cells.
- Provides means to mass-produce functional units for microfluidic operations, filtration systems, and tissue engineering constructs.