Use of a CD laser pickup head to fabricate microelectrodes in polymethylmethacrylate substrates for biosensing applications
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In this work, we report a simple fabrication method for microelectrodes on a polymethylmethacrylate substrate, using a low-cost laser platform based on a CD-DVD unit for direct rapid-prototyping. We used this laser microfabrication technique to etch any desired design on polymethylmethacrylate substrates to produce microchannels with controlled geometry, with a highly repeatable micron-scale resolution. Those shallow microchannels were then filled with a conductive paste of material of our choice that was converted into microelectrodes of desired shapes and geometries after drying. To validate our process, different geometries, sizes and materials were used as electrodes, and then tested for amperometry and impedance measurements. Development of these microelectrodes is motivated by their potential application in sensors and biosensors, such as glucose and cell counting, as demonstrated in this paper.
KeywordsMicroelectrodes Microfabrication Biosensing
The authors thank LaNSBioDyT, DGAPA-PAPIIT grant #TA100315, CONACyT #271573 and #246988. JL thanks Aaró n Cruz-Ramírez and Diego Zamarrón-Hernández for their technical support.
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