Thiol-Ene Based Polymer Waveguides Fabricated By Uv-Assisted Soft Lithography For Optofluidic Applications

Guisheng Zhuang, Thomas Glasdam Jensen, Jörg Peter Kutter

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    Abstract

    In this paper, a thiol-ene based polymer waveguide, defined by UV-assisted soft lithography, is designed, fabricated and
    characterized. Waveguides are formed by filling microfluidic channels with a high refractive index liquid mixture of ‘thiol’
    and ‘ene’ monomers (e.g., trimethylolpropane tris(3-mercaptopropionate) = ‘thiol’, and
    1,3,5-triallyl-1,3,5-triazine-2,4,6(1H,3H,5H)-trione = ‘ene’), which can be cured by UV exposure into a solid polymer. The
    waveguides demonstrated good confinement of light, and a propagation loss of 0.5 dB/cm was obtained. To our best
    knowledge, this is the first report to employ thiol-ene based polymers as waveguide core materials for potential optofluidic
    applications.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of 15th International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences
    Publication date2011
    Pages1989-1991
    Publication statusPublished - 2011
    Event15th International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences - Seattle, WA, United States
    Duration: 2 Oct 20116 Oct 2011
    http://www.microtas2011.org/

    Conference

    Conference15th International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences
    CountryUnited States
    CitySeattle, WA
    Period02/10/201106/10/2011
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    Keywords

    • Thiol-ene
    • Polymer waveguide
    • Optofluidics

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