We propose a method for the specific immobilization of biomolecules on functionalized filter paper using a maskless projection lithography setup. The paper was functionalized either by applying an adhesive protein coating or by covalent attachment of methacrylate groups. Fluorescently labelled biomolecules were attached by exploiting the formation of radical species upon bleaching of the fluorophore. A custom made maskless photo-lithography setup and a low cost approach were used to produce microscale biomolecule greyscale patterns. Protein patterns were visualized by fluorescence, enzyme patterns were tested for bioactivity by substrate conversion with colorimetric readout.
This method enables the creation of complex, highly specific bioactive protein patterns and greatly facilitates the production of μPADs.