Micropatterning

Micropatterning

Micropatterning


We provide micropattening services for microstructured and fluidic chips production.
We use different techniques according to the pattern to manufacture: maskless photolithography (structures on several different photoresists), wet etching on glass substrates and metallic coatings deposition (Chrome-Etching).

Maskless Photolithography

After substrate surface preparation, photoresist is spin coated to get a layer with uniform thickness. The photoresist-coated wafer is then "prebaked" (soft-bake) to drive off excess solvent and prepare the photoresist for the exposure to the laser beam. The photoresist is exposed to a laser beam that follows the trajectories of the pattern (maskless photolithography system).
The final step involves the development of the exposed photoresist. A second heating step (hard-bake) is done to stabilize the pattern onto the substrat surface.
Example:  PDMS molds for micro-contact printing.

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Wet-etching on glass

Following the photolithography process, a liquid ("wet") chemical agent can be used to remove the uppermost layer of the glass substrate in the areas that are not protected by photoresist: this is the wet-etching process.
Example: Microchannels manufacturing for microfluidic chips

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Wet-etching on metallic layers

A layer of chrome (for instance) can be deposited using a vapour deposition technique. The microstructures are produced by wet-etching through the metallic layer. These supports permit deep chemical etching. 
Example:  Production of optical patterns and targets.

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Reference Designation
 LC-22x22  Photolithography on glass substrates.Custom micropattern
 WEC-22x22  Glass Wet-etching. Custom microstructure according to your pattern
 CEC-22x22  Chrome Etching. Glass substrates. Microstructures according to your pattern

Pictures

Molds for Microcontact Printing (µCP)

Glass Wet-etching

Wet-etching on metallic layers