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Fabrication of thermoplastics chips through lamination based techniques

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Abstract

In this work, we propose a novel strategy for the fabrication of flexible thermoplastic microdevices entirely based on lamination processes. The same low-cost laminator apparatus can be used from master fabrication to microchannel sealing. This process is appropriate for rapid prototyping at laboratory scale, but it can also be easily upscaled to industrial manufacturing. For demonstration, we used here Cycloolefin Copolymer (COC), a thermoplastic polymer that is extensively used for microfluidic applications. COC is a thermoplastic polymer with good chemical resistance to common chemicals used in microfluidics such as acids, bases and most polar solvents. Its optical quality and mechanical resistance make this material suitable for a large range of applications in chemistry or biology. As an example, the electrokinetic separation of pollutants is proposed in the present study.

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The article was received on 24 Nov 2011, accepted on 05 Mar 2012 and first published on 08 Mar 2012


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C2LC21161K
Citation: Lab Chip, 2012,12, 1849-1856
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    Fabrication of thermoplastics chips through lamination based techniques

    S. Miserere, G. Mottet, V. Taniga, S. Descroix, J. Viovy and L. Malaquin, Lab Chip, 2012, 12, 1849
    DOI: 10.1039/C2LC21161K

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