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1. WO2020112340 - PROCÉDÉS DE FORMATION DE COUCHES ISOLANTES À MOTIFS SUR DES COUCHES CONDUCTRICES ET DISPOSITIFS FABRIQUÉS À L'AIDE DE TELS PROCÉDÉS

Note: Texte fondé sur des processus automatiques de reconnaissance optique de caractères. Seule la version PDF a une valeur juridique

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What is claimed is:

1. A method for forming a patterned insulating layer on a conductive layer, the method comprising:

removing an annular region of an insulating layer overlying a perimeter of an opening in a mask by laser ablation, an inner portion of the annular region of the insulating layer disposed on a central region of the conductive layer corresponding to the opening in the mask, and an outer portion of the annular region of the insulating layer disposed on the mask, whereby an annular portion of the central region of the conductive layer is uncovered by each of the mask and the insulating layer; and removing the mask from the conductive layer to remove an excess portion of the insulating layer disposed on the mask, whereby a remaining portion of the insulating layer defines the patterned insulating layer disposed on the central region of the conductive layer, and a surrounding region of the conductive layer surrounding the central region of the conductive layer is uncovered by the patterned insulating layer.

2. The method of claim 1 , wherein:

after the removing the mask, residue from at least one of the mask or the insulating layer is disposed on an annular region of the conductive layer

corresponding to the annular region of the insulating layer; and

the method comprises irradiating the annular region of the conductive layer with a laser to remove the residue.

3. The method of claim 1 , wherein the removing the annular region of the insulating layer comprises removing the annular region of the insulating layer by photothermal ablation.

4. The method of claim 1 , wherein the removing the annular region of the insulating layer comprises exposing the annular region of the insulating layer to electromagnetic radiation with a photon energy of at most about 3.586 eV.

5. The method of claim 1 , wherein the removing the annular region of the insulating layer comprises exposing the annular region of the insulating layer to electromagnetic radiation with a wavelength of at least about 345 nm.

6. The method of claim 1 , wherein the removing the annular region of the insulating layer comprises irradiating the annular region of the insulating layer with a laser in a spiral pattern.

7. The method of claim 6, wherein the spiral pattern comprises about 30 passes to about 40 passes and a pitch of about 2 pm to about 5 pm.

8. The method of claim 1 , wherein the removing the annular region of the insulating layer comprises irradiating the annular region of the insulating layer with a pulsed laser with an average power of at least about 75 mW and a pulse energy of at least about 0.31 pJ.

9. The method of claim 1 , wherein the removing the annular region of the insulating layer comprises irradiating the annular region of the insulating layer with a pulsed laser with an average power of about 75 mW to about 100 mW, a pulse repetition rate of about 250 kHz to about 750 kHz, and a pulse energy of about 0.31 pJ to about 0.41 pJ.

10. The method of claim 1 , wherein the removing the annular region of the insulating layer comprises irradiating the annular region of the insulating layer with a laser with a spot size of about 5 pm to about 15 pm.

11. The method of claim 1 , wherein the patterned insulating layer is substantially free of flaps and stringers.

12. The method of claim 1 , wherein the mask comprises a polymeric tape that is adhered to the conductive layer.

13. The method of claim 1 , wherein:

the conductive layer is disposed on a substrate comprising a well formed therein, and the central region of the conductive layer is disposed at least partially within the well;

prior to the removing the mask from the conductive layer, the opening in the mask is aligned with the well; and

the annular portion of the central region of the conductive layer circumscribes the well.

14. The method of claim 13, wherein:

the substrate comprises a wafer;

the well comprises a plurality of wells; and

the removing the annular region of the insulating layer comprises removing a plurality of annular regions of the insulating layer corresponding to the plurality of wells.

15. The method of claim 1 , comprising:

prior to the removing the annular region of the insulating layer, severing the mask disposed on the conductive layer using photochemical ablation along a perimeter of a central region of the mask;

removing the central region of the mask to form the opening in the mask and uncover the central region of the conductive layer, whereby a remaining region of the mask surrounding the opening in the mask covers the corresponding surrounding region of the conductive layer; and

applying the insulating layer to the central region of the conductive layer and the remaining region of the mask.

16. The method of claim 15, wherein the severing the mask comprises exposing the mask to electromagnetic radiation with a photon energy of at least about 4.685 eV along the perimeter of the central region of the mask.

17. The method of claim 15, wherein the severing the mask comprises exposing the mask to electromagnetic radiation with a wavelength of at most about 265 nm along the perimeter of the central region of the mask.

18. The method of claim 15, wherein the severing the mask comprises irradiating the mask with a pulsed laser with an average power of about 25 mW to about

75 mW, a pulse repetition rate of about 250 kHz to about 750 kHz, and a pulse energy of about 0.05 pJ to about 0.15 pJ.

19. A method for forming a patterned insulating layer on a conductive layer, the method comprising:

applying a mask to the conductive layer disposed on a wafer comprising a plurality of wells;

severing the mask along a perimeter of each of a plurality of central regions of the mask, each of the plurality of central regions overlying a corresponding one of the plurality of wells;

removing each of the plurality of central regions of the mask to form a plurality of openings in the mask and uncover a plurality of central regions of the conductive layer each disposed at least partially in a corresponding one of the plurality of wells, whereby a remaining region of the mask surrounding the plurality of openings in the mask covers a corresponding surrounding region of the conductive layer disposed outside the plurality of wells;

applying an insulating layer to each of the plurality of central regions of the conductive layer and the remaining region of the mask;

removing a plurality of annular regions of the insulating layer each overlying the perimeter of a corresponding one of the plurality of openings in the mask by laser ablation, an inner portion of each of the plurality of annular regions of the insulating layer disposed on a corresponding one of the plurality of central regions of the conductive layer, and an outer portion of each of the plurality of annular regions of the insulating layer disposed on the mask, whereby an annular portion of each of the plurality of central regions of the conductive layer is uncovered by each of the mask and the insulating layer; and

removing the remaining region of the mask from the conductive layer to remove an excess portion of the insulating layer disposed on the remaining region of the mask, whereby a remaining portion of the insulating layer defines the patterned insulating layer disposed at least partially within the plurality of wells, and the surrounding region of the conductive layer is uncovered by the patterned insulating layer.

20. The method of claim 19, wherein the patterned insulating layer is substantially free of flaps and stringers.

21. The method of claim 19, wherein the removing the plurality of annular regions of the insulating layer comprises removing the plurality of annular regions of the insulating layer by photothermal ablation by exposing the annular region of the insulating layer to electromagnetic radiation with a photon energy of at most about 3.586 eV.

22. The method of claim 19, wherein the removing the plurality of annular regions of the insulating layer comprises removing the plurality of annular regions of the insulating layer by photothermal ablation by exposing the annular region of the insulating layer to electromagnetic radiation with a wavelength of at least about 345 nm.

23. An electrowetting device comprising:

a first window, a second window, and a cavity disposed between the first window and the second window;

a first liquid and a second liquid disposed within the cavity, the first liquid and the second liquid substantially immiscible with each other, whereby a liquid interface is formed between the first liquid and the second liquid;

a driving electrode disposed on a sidewall of the cavity; and

an insulating layer disposed within the cavity to insulate the driving electrode from the first liquid and the second liquid;

wherein the insulating layer is substantially free of flaps and stringers .

24. The electrowetting device of claim 23, comprising:

an intermediate layer; and

a conductive layer disposed on the intermediate layer, segmented portions of the conductive layer defining a common electrode in electrical communication with the first liquid and the driving electrode.

25. The electrowetting device of claim 24, comprising a first outer layer bonded to the intermediate layer, a portion of the first outer layer defining the first window.

26. The electrowetting device of claim 24, comprising a second outer layer bonded to the intermediate layer, a portion of the second outer layer defining the second window.

27. The electrowetting device of claim 24, wherein the intermediate layer comprises a glass material, a glass-ceramic material, a ceramic material, or a combination thereof.

28. The electrowetting device of claim 24, wherein the intermediate layer comprises a bore defining at least a portion of the cavity.

29. The electrowetting device of claim 24, comprising a common electrode in electrical communication with the first liquid, wherein an exposed portion of the common electrode disposed within the cavity is substantially free of scratches and thermal damage .