The IEEE international conference on MEMS 2016 was held in Shanghai this year. As announced previously the submitted abstract was accepted for poster presentation. You can get the full paper on my ResearchGate page.
Here I will just publish the abstract and the poster.
MUSCLE-ACTUATED BIO-HYBRID MEMS BY CELL CULTURE AND DIFFERENTIATION ON METAMATERIAL MICRO-SCAFFOLDS
This paper reports on a 3D bio-hybrid metamaterial MEMS scaffold for the culture and differentiation of C2C12 muscle precursor cells. For the first time, preferential cells differentiation on a technical surface into functional myotubes is demonstrated. The micro-scaffolds are based on concatenated bowtie elements fabricated by two-photon lithography and designed to achieve an equivalent Young’s modulus of 12 kPa. The high flexibility promotes the differentiation of the muscle cells into contractile myotubes . Compared to state-of-the-art gel-based cell culture substrates, mechanical metamaterials can be shaped into arbitrary complex 3D geometries opening pathways towards muscle-driven bio-hybrid MEMS.
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