Rapid Prototyping of Microfluidic Foil Chips
This project was sponsored by a National Science Foundation MRSEC grant through Brandeis University. The goal of the project was to develop processes for inexpensive, rapid fabrication of thermoplastic microfluidic devices that can be used in a variety of chemical and biological applications, such as protein crystallization research. The Fraden Research Group at Brandeis University created a prototype of a thermal linear press that can produce Cyclic Olefin Co-Polymer (COC) chips; however, the process had not been optimized to perform at the speed and accuracy they desired. The team optimized a thermal linear press that can successfully hot-emboss 50 ìm wide by 50 ìm tall channels in COC.
Markus Ludwig; Brandeis MRSEC