This communication reports a new method to form multilevel features in a single layer of SU-8 photoresist to facilitate the generation of 3D microfluidic chips. The method utilizes the spatial dependence of diffracted light intensity to selectively overexpose masked regions of photoresist and requires only a UV light source and a single transparency mask. 3D structures are formed within microfluidic channels using this selective overexposure method, with feature sizes being determined by the exposure dose and mask feature sizes. The dimensions of the internal features and the microfluidic channels can be varied independently according to these parameters, and any number of different heights can be obtained in a single exposure step. The method provides a simple means of forming 3D microfluidic structures with integrated features, including mixing structures, flow stabilization ridges, and separation weirs to increase the capabilities of microfluidic chips in a variety of microchemical applications.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Colloid and Surface Chemistry