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26 june 2019 18:02:22

 
Materials, Vol. 12, Pages 2056: Fabrication of Tapered Micropillars with High Aspect-Ratio Based on Deep X-ray Lithography (Materials)
 




In this study, a fabrication method of tapered microstructures with high aspect ratio was proposed by deep X-ray lithography. Tapered microstructures with several hundred micrometers and high aspect ratio are demanded owing to the high applicability in the fields of various microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) such as optical components and microfluidic channels. However, as the pattern and gap size were downsized to smaller micro-scale with higher aspect ratio over 5, microstructures were easily deformed or clustered together due to capillary force during the drying process. Here, we describe a novel manufacturing process of tapered microstructures with high aspect ratio. To selectively block the deep X-ray irradiation, an X-ray mask was prepared via conventional ultraviolet (UV) lithography. A double X-ray exposure process with and without X-ray mask was applied to impose a two-step dose distribution on a photoresist. For the clear removal of the exposed region, the product was developed in the downward direction, which encourages a gravity-induced pulling force as well as a convective transport of the developer. After a drying process with the surface additive, tapered microstructures were successfully fabricated with a pattern size of 130 μm, gap size of 40 μm, and aspect ratio over 7.


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