Rapid prototyping of glass microfluidic chips

Frederik Kotz, Klaus Plewa, Werner Bauer, Thomas Hanemann, Ansgar Waldbaur, Elisabeth Wilhelm, Christiane Neumann, Bastian E. Rapp

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In academia the rapid and flexible creation of microfluidic chips is of great importance for microfluidic research. Besides polymers glass is a very important material especially when high chemical and temperature resistance are required. However, glass structuring is a very hazardous process which is not accessible to most members of the microfluidic community. We therefore sought a new method for the rapid and simple creation of transparent microfluidic glass chips by structuring and sintering amorphous silica suspensions. The whole process from a digital mask layout to a microstructured glass sheet can be done within two days. In this paper we show the applicability of this process to fabricate capillary driven microfluidic systems.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMicrofluidics, BioMEMS, and Medical Microsystems XIII
EditorsHolger Becker, Bonnie L. Gray
ISBN (Electronic)9781628414103
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventMicrofluidics, BioMEMS, and Medical Microsystems XIII - San Francisco, United States
Duration: 7-Feb-20159-Feb-2015

Publication series

NameProgress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE
ISSN (Print)1605-7422


ConferenceMicrofluidics, BioMEMS, and Medical Microsystems XIII
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco


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