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Characterisation of PMMA microfluidic channels and devices fabricated by hot embossing and sealed by direct bonding

Mathur, A, Roy, SS, Tweedie, M, Mukhopadhyay, S, Mitra, SK and McLaughlin, JAD (2009) Characterisation of PMMA microfluidic channels and devices fabricated by hot embossing and sealed by direct bonding. CURRENT APPLIED PHYSICS, 9 (6). pp. 1199-1202. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1016/j.cap.2009.01.007


In this study we fabricated a silicon-based stamp with various microchannel arrays, and demonstrated successful replication of the stamp microstructure on poly methyl methacrylate (PMMA) substrates. We used maskless UV lithography for the production of the micro-structured stamp. Thermal imprint lithography was used to fabricate microfeatured fluidic platforms on PMMA substrates, as well as to bond PMMA lids on the fluidic platforms. The microfeature in the silicon-based (silicon wafer coated with SU-8) stamp includes microchannel arrays of approximately 30 mu m in depth and 5 mm in width. We produced various channels without pillars, as well as with SU-8 pillars in the range of 50-100 mu m wide and 6 pm in height. PMMA discs of 1 mm thickness were utilized as the molding substrate. We found 10 kN applied force and 100 degrees C embossing temperature were optimum for transferring the microstructure to the PMMA substrate. (C) 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Microfluidics; Surface energy; Hot embossing; Thermal bonding; Surface roughening
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Computing & Engineering
Faculty of Computing & Engineering > School of Engineering
Research Institutes and Groups:Engineering Research Institute
Engineering Research Institute > Nanotechnology & Integrated BioEngineering Centre (NIBEC)
ID Code:352
Deposited By: Mrs Ann Blair
Deposited On:23 Oct 2009 10:05
Last Modified:15 Jun 2011 09:53

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