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Design for manufacture of a micro-interdigitated electrode for impedance measurement in a biochemical assay
Author(s): Linda Donoghue; Brian W. Anthony
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Paper Abstract

The performance of interdigitated electrodes for impedance measurements in a microfluidic assay chamber is dependent upon the geometric design of the electrode pattern and can be significantly impacted by variability or defects in manufacturing or materials. For processes which rely on precise electrode performance, it is necessary to minimize variation through robust design and quality control. An interdigitated electrode design was investigated to identify design strategies which maximize electrode sensitivity and minimize performance variability in produced parts, while potentially reducing the complexity of quality testing. Several configurations were developed to address these goals by increasing the sensing region for a specified electrode area and creating designs which can be easily manufactured with low variability. Design modifications included alterations to interdigitated finger orientation, finger geometry, and gap width. Test findings indicate that optimal designs contain narrow gap widths with electrode fingers parallel to the longest dimension of the electrode. These benefits may be further enhanced by replacing straight finger edges with geometrical features, such as scalloped edges. The design changes identified can be used to improve interdigitated electrode performance for an array of applications and to reduce performance variability caused by variation in the manufacturing process.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 February 2012
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 8251, Microfluidics, BioMEMS, and Medical Microsystems X, 82510Y (14 February 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.910492
Show Author Affiliations
Linda Donoghue, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
Brian W. Anthony, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8251:
Microfluidics, BioMEMS, and Medical Microsystems X
Holger Becker; Bonnie L. Gray, Editor(s)

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