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Rapid fabrication of embossing tools for the production of polymeric microfluidic devices for bioanalytical applications
Author(s): Sean M. Ford; Andrew B. McCandless; Xuezhu Liu; Steven A. Soper
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Paper Abstract

In this paper we present embossing tools that were fabricated using both UV and X-ray lithography. The embossing tools created were used to emboss microfluidic channels for bioanalytical applications. Specifically, two tools were fabricated. One, using x-ray lithography, was fabricated for electrophoretic separations of DNA restriction fragment analysis. A second tool, fabricated using SU8, was designed for micro PCR applications. Depths of both tools were approximately 100 micrometers . Both tools were made by directly electroforming nickel on a stainless steel base. Fabrication time for the tool fabricated using x-ray lithography was less than 1 week, and largely depended on the availability of the x-ray source. The SU8 embossing tool was fabricated in less than 24 hours. The resulting nickel electroforms from both processes were extremely robust and did not fail under embossing conditions required for PMMA and/or polycarbonate. Some problems removing SU8 after electroforming were sen for smaller size gaps between nickel structures.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 September 2001
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4560, Microfluidics and BioMEMS, (28 September 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.443060
Show Author Affiliations
Sean M. Ford, Mezzo Systems Inc. (United States)
Andrew B. McCandless, Mezzo Systems Inc. (United States)
Xuezhu Liu, Louisiana State Univ. (United States)
Steven A. Soper, Louisiana State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4560:
Microfluidics and BioMEMS
Carlos H. Mastrangelo; Holger Becker, Editor(s)

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