One embodiment of the invention describes a novel method for providing a substrate for selective cell patterning, wherein the method comprises contacting an epoxide coated substrate surface with a bi-functional molecule having an epoxide end group and reacting these end groups with the substrate surface through a photochemically induced acid coupling reaction. The bi-functional molecule is applied in solution to the substrate surface as a photo-sensitive coating. A photomask stencil is used to deposit electromagnetic radiation into the coating in predetermined locations to form a desired pattern of the coating. The patterned substrate is provided by washing coating from the substrate leaving the bi-functional molecule attached to the substrate in those areas exposed to the radiation providing thereby cell adhesive moieties in controlled locations on the substrate.
 The invention described below was made with Government support under government contract no. DE-AC04-94AL85000 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy to Sandia Corporation. The Government has certain rights in the invention, including a paid-up license and the right, in limited circumstances, to require the owner of any patent issuing in this invention to license others on reasonable terms.