A rhythmic, sustained, stable oscillation was reproducibly observed for a lipid membrane supported by a micropore of a thin membrane tip micropipet (TM pipet). The construction of the TM pipet was accomplished by implementing a microfabrication method that allowed the transference of a Si3N4 film with a hole from the Si substrate to the glass tube tip. The main part of the fabrication method is the sealing process: a mix between thermal and amodic bonding. The TM pipet fabrication is described in detail with emphasis on the thermal-anodic bonding process. In addition, a general account of the new device's main features, including various applications, is given.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
- Molecular Biology