A multi-step electrochemical etching process for a three-dimensional micro probe array
Authors: Kim, Yoonji; Youn, Sechan; Cho, Young-Ho; Park, HoJoon; Byeung Gyu Chang; Yong Soo Oh
Source: Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering, Volume 21, Number 1, January 2011 , pp. 15019-15026(8)
Publisher: IOP Publishing
Abstract:We present a simple, fast, and cost-effective process for three-dimensional (3D) micro probe array fabrication using multi-step electrochemical metal foil etching. Compared to the previous electroplating (add-on) process, the present electrochemical (subtractive) process results in well-controlled material properties of the metallic microstructures. In the experimental study, we describe the single-step and multi-step electrochemical aluminum foil etching processes. In the single-step process, the depth etch rate and the bias etch rate of an aluminum foil have been measured as 1.50 ± 0.10 and 0.77 ± 0.03 µm min−1, respectively. On the basis of the single-step process results, we have designed and performed the two-step electrochemical etching process for the 3D micro probe array fabrication. The fabricated 3D micro probe array shows the vertical and lateral fabrication errors of 15.5 ± 5.8% and 3.3 ± 0.9%, respectively, with the surface roughness of 37.4 ± 9.6 nm. The contact force and the contact resistance of the 3D micro probe array have been measured to be 24.30 ± 0.98 mN and 2.27 ± 0.11 Ω, respectively, for an overdrive of 49.12 ± 1.25 µm.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: January 2011