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Micromachines 2016, 7(2), 25; doi:10.3390/mi7020025

Microfluidic-Based Droplet and Cell Manipulations Using Artificial Bacterial Flagella

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Institute for Chemical and Bioengineering, Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences, ETH Zürich, Vladimir Prelog Weg 1, 8093 Zürich, Switzerland
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Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Systems, ETH Zürich, Tannenstrasse 3, 8092 Zürich, Switzerland
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Received: 4 January 2016 / Revised: 2 February 2016 / Accepted: 3 February 2016 / Published: 8 February 2016
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Herein, we assess the functionality of magnetic helical microswimmers as basic tools for the manipulation of soft materials, including microdroplets and single cells. Their ability to perform a range of unit operations is evaluated and the operational challenges associated with their use are established. In addition, we also report on interactions observed between the head of such helical swimmers and the boundaries of droplets and cells and discuss the possibilities of assembling an artificial swimming microorganism or a motorized cell. View Full-Text
Keywords: microfluidic droplet; bio inspired microrobotics; helical microswimmer; artificial bacterial flagella; single droplet manipulating; motorized cell; artificial biological microorganism microfluidic droplet; bio inspired microrobotics; helical microswimmer; artificial bacterial flagella; single droplet manipulating; motorized cell; artificial biological microorganism
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Ding, Y.; Qiu, F.; Casadevall i Solvas, X.; Chiu, F.W.Y.; Nelson, B.J.; deMello, A. Microfluidic-Based Droplet and Cell Manipulations Using Artificial Bacterial Flagella. Micromachines 2016, 7, 25.

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