ICRA 2011 Paper Abstract


Paper WeA106.1

Sakar, Mahmut Selman (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Steager, Edward (University of Pennsylvania), Cowley, Anthony (University of Pennsylvania), Kumar, Vijay (University of Pennsylvania), Pappas, George J. (University of Pennsylvania)

Wireless Manipulation of Single Cells Using Magnetic Microtransporters

Scheduled for presentation during the Regular Sessions "Micro-Nano Robots I" (WeA106), Wednesday, May 11, 2011, 08:20−08:35, Room 5A

2011 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, May 9-13, 2011, Shanghai International Conference Center, Shanghai, China

This information is tentative and subject to change. Compiled on July 14, 2020

Keywords Micro/Nano Robots, Micro and Nanoscale Automation, Medical Robots and Systems


For such biomedical applications as single cell manipulation and targeted delivery of chemicals, it is important to fabricate microstructures that can be powered and controlled without a tether in fluidic environments. In this work, we describe the construction and operation of micronsized, biocompatible ferromagnetic microtransporters driven by external magnetic fields capable of exerting forces at the pico Newton scale. We develop microtransporters using a simple, single step micro fabrication technique that allows us to produce large numbers in the same step. We also fabricate microgels to deliver drugs. We demonstrate that the microtransporters can be navigated to separate individual targeted cells with micron-scale precision, and deliver microgels without disturbing the cells in the neighborhood and the local microenvironment.



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