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Polymer-based fabrication techniques for enclosed microchannels in biomedical applications

 
: Krebs, A.; Knoll, T.; Nußbaum, D.; Velten, T.

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Microsystem Technologies 18 (2012), Nr.11, S.1871-1877
ISSN: 0946-7076
Symposium on Design, Test, Integration and Packaging of MEMS/MOEMS (DTIP) <2011, Aix-en-Provence>
Englisch
Zeitschriftenaufsatz, Konferenzbeitrag
Fraunhofer IBMT ()

Abstract
Investigations and analyses of body fluids like serum or whole blood are essential tasks in biomedical research in order to understand and diagnose diseases, to conduct pharmacological tests or to culture cells. Therefore, microfluidic systems provide a favorable tool for processing fluid samples as they allow downscaling of sample volumes and handling of single fluid components such as cells or proteins. For this reason, we present simple fabrication techniques for microchannel systems using polymer materials only. The demonstrated fabrication procedures are based on combinations of acrylic glass and the photo resists SU-8 and PerMX3020. On the one hand, these materials are low-priced compared to conventional silicon or glass. On the other hand, they have not shown any interaction with blood or other cell suspensions within the frame of our study. Furthermore, their transparency guarantees an easy observability of all processes within the system. Depending on the chann el dimensions, different adhesion bonding techniques for closing of the systems are applied, whereas the fluidic interfaces are included by mechanical drilling. Summing up, we provide complete fabrication processes for fluidic systems which are simpler and more cost-effective than conventional methods and yet cope with all essential requirements for microfluidic applications.

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