Microchannels must have appropriate physical (e.g., shape, size and surface roughness) and chemical (e.g., functional groups and wettability) properties to be used in microfluidic devices. In general, microchannels, which are made of polymeric materials, are produced through a molding process and chemically treated to have proper wettability. However, mold fabrication and chemical treatment require a significant amount of time and cost. In this study, we used a micromilling process to fabricate a microchannel on polymer material. The contact angle on the machined surface was changed according to the wettability model by varying the surface roughness controlled by cutting parameters. By mechanical cutting of the naturally hydrophobic polymer, the contact angle could be physically changed from 76° to 109° by changing cutting parameters without any chemical change.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Strategy and Management
- Management Science and Operations Research
- Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering