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Microfabrication of ultrathick SU-8 photoresist for microengines
Author(s): Peng Jin; Kyle C. Jiang; Nianjun Sun
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Paper Abstract

A high quality UV-lithographic process for making high aspect ratio micro reciprocating engine parts on ultra-thick SU-8 photoresist CO2 is described. The research work is part of an on-going microengine research project at the University of Birmingham. The project aims to develop a compact power plant for driving MEMS devices and replacing batteries. The novelty of engine design is that the engine is constructed in two layers only, and all parts are designed to suit the 2D microfabrication feature. Due to the strict requirements on the perpendicular geometry of the engine parts, the microfabrication research work has been concentrated in conducting a high quality UV-lithographic process on ultra-thick SU-8 for producing microengine parts. Based on the study of the optical property of ultra-thick SU-8 layer, optimized prebake time has been selected to obtain the minimum UV absorption by SU-8. The optimization principle has proved effective by a series of experiments of UV-lithography on different prebake times, and high aspect ratio structure (about 10) engine parts have been produced in 1000 μm ultra-thick SU-8 layers using the standard UV-lithography equipment. The sidewall angles are controlled between 85~90 degrees, which is a much better improvement than those reported so far.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 January 2003
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 4979, Micromachining and Microfabrication Process Technology VIII, (15 January 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.478248
Show Author Affiliations
Peng Jin, Univ. of Birmingham (United Kingdom)
Kyle C. Jiang, Univ. of Birmingham (United Kingdom)
Nianjun Sun, The Univ. of Birmingham (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4979:
Micromachining and Microfabrication Process Technology VIII
John A. Yasaitis; Mary Ann Perez-Maher; Jean Michel Karam, Editor(s)

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