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California State University, Long Beach

Chemical Engineering (ChE)

Microfabrication Laboratory

picture of the Microfabrication Laboratory

The Microfabrication Laboratory is dedicated to on-going educational and research projects in the area of microfluidics technology at the interface of biology, chemistry, and engineering. The lab is housed in a Class 10,000 cleanroom. In this lab, our research students fabricate different types of microfluidic chips using soft lithography for their individual projects. The Department has invested a significant amount of funding on equipping this lab with the newest instruments, so that our students can carry educational projects as well as cutting-edge research here at CSULB.


picture of UVP B-100AP UV lamp and Spectronics UV crosslinker

UVP B-100AP UV lamp and Spectronics UV crosslinker. These ultraviolet (UV) light sources are used to polymerize UV-curable materials to form the walls of the microchannel on a chip.

picture of Dyne-A-Mite surface treater

Dyne-A-Mite surface treater. This instrument is used to clean and modify with ozone the surfaces of the polymer component and glass slide of a microchip. After the ozone treatment, these two components are put into contact to bond together as a complete microfluidic chip.

picture of Laurell WS-400E-6NPP-Lite spincoater

Laurell WS-400E-6NPP-Lite spincoater. This instrument is used to coat a thin film (in the micrometer range) of photoresist on silicon wafers for fabrication of molding masters, which are later used to make the polymer components of a microchip.

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