Polymer Casting

The polymer casting suite has all of the tools needed for soft lithography, including mixing, curing, assembly, and surface activation of polymer devices. Combined with the ability to 3D print a mold, or fabricate a micromold in the adjacent Nanostructures Cleanroom Facility, we can help you bring your microfluidic designs into reality.


Lab Manager
Microfluidics Laboratory and Innovation Workshop


Think Mixer

Thinky ARE-310 Centrifugal Mixer

Multi-step mixer and de-foamer with up to 310g capacity.

Spin Coater

Laurell WS-650M Spin Coater

Up to 12,000 rpm. Can accommodate a variety of substrates with a selection of vacuum chuck adapters.

Harrick Plasma Chamber PDC-32G

Harrick Plasma Chamber PDC-32G

Plumbed with air and nitrogen for surface activation of polymers.

Novascan Ozone Chamber

Novascan Ozone Chamber

For UV cleaning and surface activation. 9” x 9” x 4” working volume.

Silanization Chamber

Silanization Chamber

Custom-built chamber dedicated to silanization of polymer molds to ensure easy de-molding.

Alignment and Punch Stations

Alignment and Punch Stations

Multiple stations with cameras to help with alignment and preparation of micro-devices.

 How-to Information

Steps to Access the Microfluidics Lab
  1. Contact Microfluidics Lab staff to get trained on the instrument. Completion of a new user orientation and safety briefing is required before obtaining card-key access to the CNSI Workshops. Tool-specific training is required for all tools and instruments in the lab
  2. All users must complete UCSB Environmental Health and Safety’s Fundamentals of Laboratory Safety course. The course is offered in person at the beginning of each quarter, and is also available on-line.
  3. Apply to CNSI for electronic door access to the facility.
  4. Microfluidics Lab Staff will add you to the FBS reservation system

Complete instructions regarding access can be found here

Acknowledging Support

Please remember to acknowledge CNSI resources in scientific publications and presentations by including this statement:

“The authors acknowledge the use of the Microfluidics Laboratory within the California NanoSystems Institute, supported by the University of California, Santa Barbara and the University of California, Office of the President.”