Fabricating optical lenses for your smart phone

Professor Wei-Chuan Shih’s NanoBioPhotonics lab at the University of Houston recently published a method for turning your smartphone into a microscope in the Jounal of Biomedical Optics. The paper describes methods for ink-jet printing our favourite polymer, polydimethylsiloxane, with rapid curing to produce lenses with an image resolution of 1 μm with an optical magnification of 120×. The whole article can be read here.

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