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Project Description
The objective of this project is to develop new and improved methods for fabricating microchannel devices using plastic and ceramic materials. Plastics are important candidate materials for microanalytical devices and other microfluidic applications where their advan-tageous thermal, electrical, and chemical properties can be exploited. Many plastics are also amenable to a wide range of microforming and machining methods, including laser micromachining and hot embossing, that will allow development of low cost microfluidic devices. Ceramic materials offer unique capabilities in high-temperature and/or corrosive microfluidic applications. In addition to structural applications, ceramic components can serve as thermal and electrical insulators or as catalyst supports. Developing microfabrication methods for ceramics and plastics is critical to the microfluidic applications being developed under the Microsystems Science and Engineering Initiative at PNNL.
Technical Accomplishments
Development of plastic microfabrication methods focused primarily on patterning two-dimensional plastic sheets and laminating them into three-dimensional microfluidic components. This effort was a continuation of prior years of effort in this area, where considerable potential had been demonstrated.
Efforts in the area of plastics fabrication during the past year were aimed at testing several plastic materials with a variety of characteristics. Many of these types of materials offer unique challenges in terms of their patterning and bonding properties.

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