Micromachining of crosslinked PTFE by direct photo-etching using synchrotron radiation

Daichi Yamaguchi, Takanori Katoh, Yasunori Sato, Shigetoshi Ikeda, Masaoki Hirose, Yasushi Aoki, Minoru Iida, Akihiro Oshima, Yoneho Tabata, Masakazu Washio

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    Micromachining of crosslinked PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene) using synchrotron radiation direct photo-etching method has been demonstrated. High aspect-ratio microfabrication was carried out. The etching rate of crosslinked PTFE was higher than that of non-crosslinked PTFE. Through the etching rate measurements of various samples, it was found that synchrotron radiation etching rate of crosslinked PTFE only depends on the degree of crosslinking, neither molecular weight nor crystallinity. The effect of molecular motion on etching process was discussed from temperature dependence data on etching rate. Furthermore, the surface region of synchrotron radiation irradiated sample was investigated by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and the experimental result showed that the modification induced by synchrotron radiation proceeded before desorption.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)201-211
    Number of pages11
    JournalMacromolecular Symposia
    Publication statusPublished - 2002


    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Polymers and Plastics
    • Materials Chemistry

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