Picoliter-volume inkjet printing into planar microdevice reservoirs for low-waste, high-capacity drug loading.
Inkjet printing allows localized, contact-free deposition of liquids onto arbitrary substrates. In this article we demonstrate the fast formation of high-quality self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on gold surfaces. Using a selective etch process, we verify the uniformity of the deposited spots. A direct comparison with microcontact-printed SAMs on Au revealed similar resist quality as inkjet-deposited alkanethiolate SAMs. Likewise, inkjet printing of thiol-functionalized and non-thiolated single-stranded DNA oligomers formed molecular layers protecting Au from etchants. For all compounds used, we achieved etched patterns that were homogeneous and free of defects. These results indicate that an inkjet is a convenient tool for surface functionalization and the direct writing of molecular films and resists.