8638 – Light Patternable Mesoporous Material

The invention describes the fabrication of programmable nanoporous materials that can be directly integrated with existing device platforms.
  • The invention describes the fabrication of programmable nanoporous materials that can be directly integrated with existing device platforms.

Abstract

Mesoporous materials have been targeted as an active material platform for separation, sensing, electronics, and bioreactors. Despite the early advances in mesopores synthesis, technological applications have fallen far behind expectations since the materials are formed as powders and cannot be easily integrated into functional device architectures like in gas separation and microfluidic device platforms.Researchers at Cornell University have synthesized ZrO-MAA mesoporous structures in-situ by mixing ink formulated with photoinitiators in a proper solvent. The shape of the structure is controlled by reacting with UV light. The ink can be applied to a 3D printer or to a confined environment like a microfluidic device. Then 2D films or 3D architectures can be printed in the desired location and morphology. Combining colloidal nanoparticles and digital light processing, hierarchical mesoporous structures can be fabricated. Thus, the internal mesopore structure (nm) and macroscopic (µm-mm) structure of the materials can be precisely defined. This fabrication capability opens compelling opportunities in the separation, sensing, energy, and biotechnology ecosystem.

Website

https://cornell.flintbox.com/technologies/08DF9E4ED170455A9C6A035CB421DF1F

Advantages

  • Separate proteins 100 times better than traditional methods

Potential Applications

  • Bioseparation and diagnostics.
  • Biocatalyst, heavy metal ion capture, and detoxification.

Contact Information

Name: Ryan Luebke

Email: rtl77@cornell.edu

Phone: 607-254-4483