X-ray microfocussing combined with microfluidics for on-chip X-ray scattering measurements

This work describes the fabrication of thin microfluidic devices in Kapton (polyimide). These chips are well-suited to perform X-ray
scattering experiments using intense microfocussed beams, as Kapton is both relatively resistant to the high intensities generated by a synchrotron, and almost transparent to X-rays. We show networks of microchannels obtained using laser ablation of Kapton films, and we also present a simple way to perform fusion bonding between two Kapton films. The possibilities offered using such devices are illustrated with X-ray scattering experiments. These experiments demonstrate that structural measurements in the 1A ? 20nm range can be obtained with spatial resolutions of a few microns in a microchannel.

– Publié dans Lab on a Chip