1 January 2007 Microchannels with rectangular and arched core shapes fabricated using sacrificial etching
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A study of relevant fabrication parameters is presented for a process that uses chemical etching of sacrificial cores to produce long, hollow microchannels. Two different sacrificial materials are investigated, SU8 and reflowed photoresist. These two materials produce channel cross sections with rectangular and arch-shaped cores, respectively. Fabrication times based on etch removal rates of sacrificial materials are reported for SU8 core microchannels and for a hybrid core consisting of reflowed photoresist and aluminum layers. The hybrid design takes advantage of the fast etch times possible for aluminum, but also produces smooth, arched sidewalls. Structural integrity is also investigated for different microchannels, specifically the wall thickness required to produce an intact channel of a given width. Empirical design rules indicate that SU8-based core channels require a wall thickness-to-width ratio of greater than 1:10, and reflowed photoresist based structures require a ratio greater than 1:50.
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Jeffrey R. Lee, Jeffrey R. Lee, John Paul Barber, John Paul Barber, Zachary A. George, Zachary A. George, Milton L. Lee, Milton L. Lee, Holger Schmidt, Holger Schmidt, Aaron R. Hawkins, Aaron R. Hawkins, } "Microchannels with rectangular and arched core shapes fabricated using sacrificial etching," Journal of Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS, and MOEMS 6(1), 013010 (1 January 2007). https://doi.org/10.1117/1.2434990 . Submission:

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