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Abstract Volume 14 Issue 2 (2009) pp 61-63

Introducing Photolithography, Soft Lithography, and Microfluidics

Peter B. Allen, Byron R. Doepker, and Daniel T. Chiu*

Department of Chemistry, University of Washington, Box 351700, Seattle, WA 98195
Received April 21, 2008. Accepted November 29, 2008.

Published online: 1 April 2009

Abstract. The Center for Authentic Science Practice in Education (CASPiE) is a research-based undergraduate laboratory curriculum targeting first- and second-year chemistry students. During the development of CASPiE curriculum materials, the development team faced challenges such as cost of chemicals and equipment, limited student time in the laboratory, and accessibility of the curriculum text. The strategies employed by research scientists and educational researchers to overcome these challenges are described.

Key Words: Laboratories and Demonstrations; general chemistry; first-year undergraduate; analytical chemistry; polymer chemistry; multidisciplinary; microscale; liquids; transport properties; diffusion

(*) Corresponding author. (E-mail:

Article in PDF format (118 KB) HTML format

Supporting Materials:

We include several elements of supporting information that we home will be useful for instructors. We include instructor's notes with detailed information on materials and procedures. We also include a pre-lab handout for students and a hand-out containing detailed, step-by-step instructions and troubleshooting tips. We also include a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation for use in an introductory lecture. This material is available in a Zip file (186 KB)

Issue date: April 1, 2009

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