Micro gas chromatograph (GC) separation columns were fabricated and tested. Rectangular columns with high aspect ratio have inherent benefits over traditional tubular columns and can easily be integrated into a GC sensor system for rapid chromatographic analysis. The 2 m long, 50 μm wide, 500 μm tall columns were fabricated out of electroplated nickel through deep X-ray lithography using the LIGA technique. Critical fabrication issues including reproducible fabrication of compact footprint, deep columns and sealing of the metal columns were addressed. Experiments were conducted to establish the relationship between column head pressure and flow rate. Methane samples analyzed using hydrogen as a carrier gas on uncoated columns showed very little dispersion suggesting that there was no internal leakage in the columns. The sensor performance data compares well with other micro GC sensor systems.

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