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Two steps micromoulding and photopolymer high-aspect ratio structuring for applications in piezoelectric motor components

Dellmann, Laurent ; Roth, S. ; Beuret, C. ; Paratte, L. ; Racine, G.-A. ; Lorenz, H. ; Despont, M. ; Renaud, Philippe ; Vettiger, Peter ; de Rooij, Nicolaas F.

In: Microsystem Technologies, 1998, vol. 4, no. 3, p. 147-150

We report on recent advances in micro fabrication technology using micromoulding and high-aspect ratio structuring of photopolymer. The direct application is the realization of components for millimeter-size, ultrasonic piezoelectric motors. A new fabrication process using a thick epoxy-based material (SU-8) and the electroplating of nickel is demonstrated. Photopolymer structures have also been...

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Scanning probe arrays for life sciences and nanobiology applications

Aeschimann, Laure ; Meister, André ; Akiyama, Terunobu ; Chui, Benjamin W. ; Niedermann, Philippe ; Heinzelmann, Harry ; de Rooij, Nicolaas F. ; Staufer, Urs ; Vettiger, Peter

In: Microelectronic Engineering, 2006, vol. 83, no. 4-9, p. 1698-1701

Various 1D and 2D scanning probe arrays with integrated piezoresistive sensors have been developed in view of nanobiology and life science applications. For such applications, the experiments need usually to be performed under liquid conditions. The probe arrays have been fabricated by using silicon micromachining techniques and SOI wafers. For biological applications, when the cantilevers are...

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Concept and Demonstration of Individual Probe Actuation in Two-Dimensional Parallel Atomic Force Microscope System

Akiyama, Terunobu ; Aeschimann, Laure ; Chantada, Laura ; de Rooij, Nicolaas F. ; Heinzelmann, Harry ; Herzig, Hans-Peter ; Manzardo, Omar ; Meister, André ; Polesel-Maris, Jérôme ; Pugin, Raphaël ; Staufer, Urs ; Vettiger, Peter

In: Japanese Journal of Applied Physics, 2007, vol. 46, no. 9B, p. 6458-6462

A concept of an array actuator that is used to control the tip–sample separation of cantilevers in a two-dimensional (2D) probe array scanning system is proposed in this article. The feasibility of the concept is demonstrated with a 10×10 array actuator with 500 µm xy-pitches. The array actuator is made by slicing a bulk piezoceramic block. The obtained maximum actuation of a single...