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Design and fabrication of polymer microfluidic chip for ESI-MS
Author(s): Sana Malahat; Pio Iovenitti; Igor Sbarski
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In this paper, we report on the design, fabrication, and testing of a polymer micro fluidic chip for Electrospray Ionization Mass Spectrometry (ESI-MS). A disposable plastic chip is designed to be fabricated using the hot-embossing process on polystyrene (PS) and polycarbonate (PC) substrates. The chip has an open reservoir, which is connected to an open channel that runs to the tip of the chip. A high voltage circuit is required to form the electrospray at the tip using methanol/water solution with an electrode wire in the reservoir. We have tried to minimize sources of impurities entering the microchannel, and hence, the MS, by careful selection of the fabrication process and electrode and use of open channel. The hot-embossing process is modeled using ANSYS to design the tool and predict the channel and reservoir shape and deformation. The simulation results provide an insight into the hot embossing process. Several samples are fabricated and tested, and the electrospray experimental results are reported. Laser machining and electroforming processes were investigated for fabricating the hot-embossing tool, and the results are reported.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 December 2007
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6799, BioMEMS and Nanotechnology III, 679910 (27 December 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.768447
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Sana Malahat, Swinburne Univ. of Technology (Australia)
Pio Iovenitti, Swinburne Univ. of Technology (Australia)
Igor Sbarski, Swinburne Univ. of Technology (Australia)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6799:
BioMEMS and Nanotechnology III
Dan V. Nicolau; Derek Abbott; Kourosh Kalantar-Zadeh; Tiziana Di Matteo; Sergey M. Bezrukov, Editor(s)

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