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Micromachines 2016, 7(2), 19; doi:10.3390/mi7020019

Two-Layer Microstructures Fabricated by One-Step Anisotropic Wet Etching of Si in KOH Solution

Institute of Electronic Paper Displays, South China Academy of Advanced Optoelectronics, South China Normal University, Guangzhou 510006, China
This paper is an extended version of our paper published in the 5th International Conference on Optofluidics 2015, Taipei, Taiwan, 26–29 July 2015.
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Academic Editors: Shih-Kang Fan, Da-Jeng Yao and Yi-Chung Tung
Received: 1 December 2015 / Revised: 16 January 2016 / Accepted: 18 January 2016 / Published: 25 January 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Optofluidics 2015)
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Abstract

Anisotropic etching of silicon in potassium hydroxide (KOH) is an important technology in micromachining. The residue deposition from KOH etching of Si is typically regarded as a disadvantage of this technology. In this report, we make use of this residue as a second masking layer to fabricate two-layer complex structures. Square patterns with size in the range of 15–150 μm and gap distance of 5 μm have been designed and tested. The residue masking layer appears when the substrate is over-etched in hydrofluoric acid (HF) solution over a threshold. The two-layer structures of micropyramids surrounded by wall-like structures are obtained according to the two different masking layers of SiO2 and residue. The residue masking layer is stable and can survive over KOH etching for long time to achieve deep Si etching. The process parameters of etchant concentration, temperature, etching time and pattern size have been investigated. With well-controlled two-layer structures, useful structures could be designed for applications in plasmonic and microfluidic devices in the future. View Full-Text
Keywords: wet etching; potassium hydroxide; Si; pattern wet etching; potassium hydroxide; Si; pattern
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Lu, H.; Zhang, H.; Jin, M.; He, T.; Zhou, G.; Shui, L. Two-Layer Microstructures Fabricated by One-Step Anisotropic Wet Etching of Si in KOH Solution. Micromachines 2016, 7, 19.

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