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Durham University

Department of Biosciences

Academic Staff

Publication details for Prof A Walmsley

Ruano, J.M., Glidle, A., Cleary, A., Walmsley, A., Aitchison, J.S. & Cooper, J.M. (2003). Design and Fabrication of a Silica on Silicon Integrated Optical Biochip as a Fluorescence Microarray Platform. Biosensors and Bioelectronics 18(2-3): 175-184.

Author(s) from Durham


Previous research into the use of Flame Hydrolysis Deposition (FHD) of glasses in integrated optics has focused on the successful commercial exploitation of low cost optical devices within the field of telecommunications and optoelectronics. Recently we have sought to apply these fabrication technologies to the development of optical biochips, utilising their ability to be integrated with microfluidics as a ‘Lab-on-a-chip’ platform. In this paper, we carry this development forward by seeking to create a microarray of integrated optical sensing elements, addressed using a glass-polymer hybrid technology in which poly(dimethylsiloxane), PDMS, is used as an elastomeric packaging over-layer. In particular, we describe the wide range of modelling and microfabrication processes required for the successful manufacture, integration and packaging of such arrays. The integration of both optical and fluidic circuits in this device avoids precise alignment requirements and results in a compact, robust and reliable device. Finally, in this paper, we describe the implementation of a pumping system for delivering small amounts of fluid across the array together with an optical signal treatment.