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Fabrication of a microfluidic device for simultaneous patterning of multiple chemical species by dip pen nanolithography (DPN)
Author(s): J. Alberto Rivas-Cordona; Debjyoti Banerjee
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes the fabrication and testing of a microfluidic ink delivery device for Dip Pen Nanolithography (DPNTM). The purpose of this microfluidic device is to maximize the number of chemical species (inks) for nanofabrication that can be simultaneously patterned by DPN. The device (called 'Centiwells') consists of a two-dimensional array of 96micro-wells micro-machined on a silicon substrate and a thermoelectric module attached to the bottom of the substrate. Microbeads of a hygroscopic material (Poly-Ethylene Glycol) are dispensed into the microwells. By reducing the temperature of the substrate to below the dew point water droplets are condensed on the PEG microbeads, dissolving the beads and creating PEG solutions. Following the formation of the PEG solutions, an AFM tip (pen) is lowered into the micro-wells for loading ink ('dipping' or 'inking' step) and subsequently nanolithography is performed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 May 2006
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 6223, Micro (MEMS) and Nanotechnologies for Space Applications, 62230K (18 May 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.665328
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J. Alberto Rivas-Cordona, Texas A&M Univ. (United States)
Debjyoti Banerjee, Texas A&M Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6223:
Micro (MEMS) and Nanotechnologies for Space Applications
Thomas George; Zhong-Yang Cheng, Editor(s)

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