The fabrication facility contains a 3" contact mask alignment and photoresist exposure system, fume hoods, spin coating station, non-contact wafer profilometer, PDMS mixer and degasser, oven, AC oxygen plasma, PDMS hole punch, and a stereo zoom microscope. The equipment is housed in a 250 sq. ft. class 10,000 clean room. In separate labs outside the cleanroom are a laser cutter, a Formlabs 3D printer, a thermopress for manufacturing plastic chips, and a micro-CNC mill for manufacturing molds and manifolds for the microfluidic devices. A MRSEC postdoc supervises the facility and trains students. Each summer a weeklong hands-on microfluidics course is offered to researchers including grad students, postdocs and industrial scientists and engineers from outside the Brandeis MRSEC.
Microfluidic experiments are conducted in a dedicated laboratory. There are four microfluidic set-ups each equipped with video cameras, structured illumination sources, automated xyz scanning stages, computer controlled syringe pumps for volume driven flow and computer controlled solenoid valves for pressure driven flow.