Laser direct writing of thick hybrid polymer microstructures

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This work presents patterning of thick (10-50 μm) hybrid polymer structures in ORMOCER (Organically Modified Ceramics) by rapid laser direct writing (LDW). ORMOCERs combine polymer-like fabrication processes with glass-like surface chemistry that is beneficial for biochips. In our study, different process parameters of laser-writer were studied, in order to find the optimal dose for each of the laser beam spot sizes and for different ORMOCOMP® layer thickness. LDW enables superior control over structure geometry and different shapes i.e. pillars, ridges and triangles were written in a single step on silicon substrate. Round pillars of height 49 μm (spinned at 2000 rpm) were obtained using optimized process parameters of laser writer. The ORMOCOMP® triangles of 10 μm height corresponding to spin coating at 10000 rpm with 30°, 45°and 90°angles were obtained. The sharpness of corners in these triangles (a few micrometers) indicates that LDW of ORMOCOMP® microstructures has advantages over proximity lithography and is useful for applications requiring high definition and edge roughness. Microfluidic directional wetting (fluidic diode) replicated in ORMOCOMP® by LDW was also tested. The objective of this work is to design and to fabricate micrometer range chips patterned by LDW for microfluidic applications.

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2013 Transducers and Eurosensors XXVII
Subtitle of host publicationThe 17th International Conference on Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems, TRANSDUCERS and EUROSENSORS 2013
Publication statusPublished - 2013
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Conference on Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 16 Jun 201320 Jun 2013
Conference number: 17

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ConferenceInternational Conference on Solid-State Sensors, Actuators and Microsystems
Abbreviated titleTransducers
CountrySpain
CityBarcelona
Period16/06/201320/06/2013

    Research areas

  • biocompatible, directional wetting, LDW, microfluidics, microstructures, ORMOCERs, ORMOCOMP®, pillars

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