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Nanotech 2006 Vol. 2
Nanotech 2006 Vol. 2
Technical Proceedings of the 2006 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Trade Show, Volume 2
Chapter 8: Micro & Nano Fluidics

Capillary filling speed in silicon dioxide nano-channels

Authors:S.E. Jarlgaard, M.B.L. Mikkelsen, P. Skafte-Pedersen, H. Bruus and A. Kristensen
Affilation:Technical University of Denmark, DK
Pages:521 - 523
Keywords:nanofluidics, nanochannel, fabrication, capillarity
Abstract:We present a simple silicon-based fabrication technique for nanocapillaries based on controlled growth of silicon-dioxide, UV lithography, etching with etch-stop, and glass wafer bonding. Our approach improves state-of-the-art with respect to the obtained cross-wafer homogeneity and precision in the height of the nanocapillaries. The improvement is due to our use of the silicon substrate as an etch stop. We extend the results in Tas et al., Appl. Phys. Lett., Vol. 85, 3274 (2004), by measuring capillary filling speed on seven different channel heights, ranging from 25 to 3400 nm. A systematic deviation from bulk behaviour has been observed for channel heights below 100 nm.
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