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Formation of interconnections to microfluidic devices

United States Patent

6,599,436
July 29, 2003
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Microfluidic Devices
A method is disclosed to form external interconnections to a microfluidic device for coupling of a fluid or light or both into a microchannel of the device. This method can be used to form optical or fluidic interconnections to microchannels previously formed on a substrate, or to form both the interconnections and microchannels during the same process steps. The optical and fluidic interconnections are formed parallel to the plane of the substrate, and are fluid tight.
Matzke; Carolyn M. (Los Lunas, NM), Ashby; Carol I. H. (Edgewood, NM), Griego; Leonardo (Tijeras, NM)
Sandia Corporation (Albuquerque, NM)
10/ 016,956
December 6, 2001
GOVERNMENT RIGHTS This invention was made with Government support under Contract No. DE-AC04-94AL85000 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.