A novel bonding method for polymer-based microfluidic platforms

Siyi Lai, Yeny Hudiono, L. James Lee, Sylvia Daunert, Marc J. Madou

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Polymer-based microfluidic platforms have great potential for use in BioMEMS applications because many polymers are low cost, biocompatible, and have good processibility. However, packaging (i.e., sealing the platform with a lid) is a challenging issue in their fabrication. In this paper, we compare several available bonding techniques such as adhesive tape bonding and chemical-assisted bonding with a new method recently developed in our lab: resin-gas injection-assisted bonding. This new approach can easily seal microfluidic devices with micron and sub-micron sized channels without blocking the flow path. It can also be used to modify the channel shape, size, and surface characteristics (e.g., hydrophilicity, degree of protein adsorption). By applying the masking technique, local modification of the channel surface can be achieved through cascade resin-gas injection. Experiments are carded out to demonstrate the bonding efficiency and surface modification.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)280-287
Number of pages8
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Bonding
  • Microfluidic
  • Surface modification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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