The Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering
Multilayer soft lithography has become a powerful tool in analytical chemistry, biochemistry, material and life sciences, and medical research. Complex fluidic micro-circuits require reliable components that integrate easily into microchips. We introduce two novel approaches to master mold fabrication for constructing in-line micro-valves using SU-8. Our fabrication techniques enable robust and versatile integration of many lab-on-a-chip functions including filters, mixers, pumps, stream focusing and cell-culture chambers, with in-line valves. SU-8 created more robust valve master molds than the conventional positive photoresists used in multilayer soft lithography, but maintained the advantages of biocompatibility and rapid prototyping. As an example, we used valve master molds made of SU-8 to fabricate PDMS chips capable of precisely controlling beads or cells in solution.
Dy, Aaron, Alin Cosmanescu, James Sluka, James Glazier, Dwayne Stupack, Dragos Amarie.
"Fabricating Microfluidic Valve Master Molds in SU‐8 Photoresist."
The Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, 24 (5).