Microgrippers for Biological Applications

J. K. Luo, W. I. Milne, Y. Q. Fu, A. J. Flewitt, S. M. Spearing

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There is a continuing need to select biological cells from infected tissues for single cell proteomics and genetic research, for microinjection in drug discovery etc. All of these rely on miniaturized microgrippers. We have developed two types of microgrippers. Planar microtweezers were made from a 4μm thick electroplated Ni, using an inplane electrothermal actuation mechanism, while the normally closed microcages consist of a polymer/Al/diamond like carbon trilayer structure. Both of these demonstrated the capability of capturing a micro-object.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2006
Externally publishedYes
Event13th International Display Workshops, IDW '06 - Otsu, Japan
Duration: 6 Dec 20066 Dec 2006


Conference13th International Display Workshops, IDW '06


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