We report the use of a picosecond pulsed laser (Trumpf TruMicro 5x50) for the fabrication of various microfluidic devices from inexpensive borosilicate glass substrates. In this manufacturing method, the laser is used to: (a) generate microfluidic patterns directly on the surface of glass plates by ablation and (b) seal the laser-generated microfluidic patterns from the top with another glass plate by welding these two parts together. The laser-generated weld seams close any gaps formed during the so-called pre-bonding process and ensure strong, permanent bonding. This straightforward laser-based fabrication technique differs from the conventional time-consuming and expensive approach that involves photolithography, etching and thermal bonding, because it does not require the manufacture of projection masks and the use of multiple devices, clean room and hazardous chemicals (e.g. hydrofluoric acid). Therefore, this technique is particularly suited for prototyping and low quantity manufacturing of glass microfluidic devices.

This work is part of the MILEPOST project (Grant agreement no.: 695070), which received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme. This paper reflects only the authors’ view and ERC is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2021
Event7th Industrial Laser Applications Symposium 2021 - Online
Duration: 24 Mar 202125 Mar 2021
Conference number: 7


Conference7th Industrial Laser Applications Symposium 2021
Abbreviated titleILAS 2021
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