Biomimetic pattern transfer Academic Article uri icon


  • Biological systems routinely use phenols to construct complex materials with diverse functions. Typically, these phenolic materials are generated using oxidative enzymes to initiate a cascade of uncatalyzed reactions. We mimic these processes to micropattern films of the aminopolysaccharide chitosan. Specifically, we microfabricate silicon wafers to have gold patterns, cast a chitosan film onto the patterned wafers, and commence pattern transfer by polarizing the underlying gold surfaces to electrochemically initiate the phenol reaction cascade. The electrochemically initiated reactions lead to modification of the chitosan film's chemistry, structure, and fluorescence. Further, electrochemically initiated modification of the chitosan film is localized to the interfacial region between the film and the anode, with resolution in the lateral direction of at least 20 m. These results demonstrate that electrochemical pattern transfer provides a promising new method for micropatterning flexible films. 2005 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH S. Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Wu, L. Q., Ghodssi, R., Elabd, Y. A., & Payne, G. F.

citation count

  • 54

complete list of authors

  • Wu, LQ||Ghodssi, R||Elabd, YA||Payne, GF

publication date

  • January 2005