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Quartz channel fabrication for electrokinetically driven separations
Author(s): Carolyn M. Matzke; D. W. Arnold; Carol I. H. Ashby; Stanley H. Kravitz; Mial E. Warren; Christopher A. Bailey
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Paper Abstract

For well resolved electrokinetic separation, we utilize crystalline quartz to micromachine a uniformly packed separation channel. Packing features are posts 5 micrometers on a side with 3 micrometers spacing and etched 42 micrometers deep. In addition to anisotropic wet etch characteristics for micromachining, quartz properties are compatible with chemical solutions, electrokinetic high voltage operation, and stationary phase film deposition. To seal these channels, we employ a room temperature silicon-oxynitride deposition to form a membrane, that is subsequently coated for mechanical stability. Using this technique, particulate issues and global warp, that make large area wafer bonding methods difficult, are avoided, and a room temperature process, in contrast to high temperature bonding techniques, accommodate preprocessing of metal films for electrical interconnect. After sealing channels, a number of macro- assembly steps are required to attach a micro-optical detection system and fluid interconnects.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 September 1998
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3515, Microfluidic Devices and Systems, (10 September 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.322078
Show Author Affiliations
Carolyn M. Matzke, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
D. W. Arnold, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
Carol I. H. Ashby, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
Stanley H. Kravitz, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
Mial E. Warren, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
Christopher A. Bailey, Sandia National Labs. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3515:
Microfluidic Devices and Systems
A. Bruno Frazier; Chong Hyuk Ahn, Editor(s)

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