Fabrication of high-transmission microporous membranes by proton beam writing-based molding technique

Wang, Liping (School of Engineering – HE-Arc Ingénierie, HES-SO // University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland) ; Meyer, Clemens (School of Engineering – HE-Arc Ingénierie, HES-SO // University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland ; Institute of Physics, University of Augsburg, Augsburg, Germany) ; Guibert, Edouard (School of Engineering – HE-Arc Ingénierie, HES-SO // University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland) ; Kämpfer-Homsy, Alexandra (School of Engineering – HE-Arc Ingénierie, HES-SO // University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland) ; Whitlow, Harry J. (School of Engineering – HE-Arc Ingénierie, HES-SO // University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland ; Louisiana Accelerator Center, Department of Physics, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette, USA)

Porous membranes are widely used as filters in a broad range of micro and nanofluidic applications, e.g. organelle sorters, permeable cell growth substrates, and plasma filtration. Conventional silicon fabrication approaches are not suitable for microporous membranes due to the low mechanical stability of thin film substrates. Other techniques like ion track etching are limited to the production of randomly distributed and randomly orientated pores with non-uniform pore sizes. In this project, we developed a procedure for fabricating high-transmission microporous membranes by proton beam writing (PBW) with a combination of spin-casting and soft lithography. In this approach, focused 2 MeV protons were used to lithographically write patterns consisting of hexagonal arrays of high-density pillars of few µm size in a SU-8 layer coated on a silicon wafer. After development, the pillars were conformably coated with a thin film of poly-para-xylylene (Parylene)-C release agent and spin-coated with polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS). To facilitate demolding, a special technique based on the use of a laser-cut sealing tape ring was developed. This method facilitated the successful delamination of 20-μm thick PDMS membrane with high-density micropores from the mold without rupture or damage.


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Article Type:
scientifique
Faculty:
Ingénierie et Architecture
School:
HE-Arc Ingénierie
Institute:
Aucun institut
Date:
2017-04
Pagination:
4 p.
Published in:
Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms
Numeration (vol. no.):
2017, vol. 404, pp. 224-227
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ISSN:
0168-583X
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