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Keywords:

  • microchambers;
  • polyelectrolyte multilayer films;
  • release-on-demand

Abstract

Patterned arrays of light-responsive microchambers are suggested as candidates for site-specific release of chemicals in small and precisely defined quantities on demand. A composite film is made of poly(allylammonium)-poly(styrene sulfonate) multilayers and gold nanoparticles incorporated between subsequent stacks of polyelectrolytes. The film shaped as microchambers is loaded with colloid particles or oil-soluble molecules. The microchambers are sealed onto a glass slide precoated with an adhesive poly(diallyldimethylammonium)-poly(styrene sulfonate) multilayer film. A focused laser beam is used for remote addressing the individual microchambers and site-specific release of the loaded cargo.