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Multilayer based lab-on-a-chip-systems for substance testing

: Sonntag, Frank; Grünzner, Stefan; Schmieder, Florian; Busek, Mathias; Klotzbach, Udo; Franke, Volker


Klotzbach, Udo (Ed.) ; Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers -SPIE-, Bellingham/Wash.:
Laser-based Micro- and Nanoprocessing IX : 10-12 February 2015, San Francisco, California
Bellingham, WA: SPIE, 2015 (Proceedings of SPIE 9351)
ISBN: 978-1-62841-441-7 (ISBN)
Paper 93510C, 10 S.
Conference "Laser-Based Micro- and Nanoprocessing" <9, 2015, San Francisco/Calif.>
Fraunhofer IWS ()
cell culture; Lab-on-a-Chip; laser microstructuring; bonding; Laser; micropump; microsystems; Perfusion

An integrated technology chain for laser-microstructuring and bonding of polymer foils for fast, flexible and low-cost manufacturing of multilayer lab-on-a-chip devices especially for complex cell and tissue culture applications, which provides pulsatile fluid flow within physiological ranges at low media-to-cells ratio, was developed and established. Initially the microfluidic system is constructively divided into individual layers which are formed by separate foils or plates. Based on the functional boundary conditions and the necessary properties of each layer the corresponding foils and plates are chosen. In the third step the foils and plates are laser microstructured and functionalized from both sides. In the fourth and last manufacturing step the multiple plates and foils are joined using thermal diffusion bonding. Membranes for pneumatically driven valves and micropumps where bonded via chemical surface modification. Based on the established lab-on-a-chip platform for perfused cell-based assays, a multilayer microfluidic system with two parallel connected cell culture chambers was successfully implemented.