Actuators, biomedicine, and cell-biology
2012 (English)In: Volume 8340 Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2012 / [ed] Y. Bar-Cohen, SPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering, 2012, 834006-1-834006-10 p.Conference paper, Presentation (Refereed)
Conducting polymers such as polypyrrole are well-known for their volume changing capacity and their use as actuating material. Actuators based on polypyrrole have been demonstrated in dimensions ranging from centimetres down to micrometres as well as in linear strain and bending beam actuation modes. The polypyrrole (micro-)actuators can be operated in salt solutions including cell culture media and blood. In addition, polypyrrole is known to be biocompatible making them a good choice for applications within cell biology and medicine. Applications of polypyrrole actuators within micromechanical devices, such as microrobotics and valves, will be presented. Opportunities and devices for the medical device industry, especially vascular surgery will be shown. This includes a rotating PCTA balloon system, a steerable guide wire, and an implantable drug delivery system. In addition, novel mechanostimulation chips for cell biology will be introduced. Using these devices, we can stretch cells and show the cellular response to this mechanical stimulation. Since the dawn of eukaryotic cells many parallel molecular mechanisms that respond to mechanical stimuli have evolved. This technology allows us to begin the investigation of these mechanisms on a single cell level.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
SPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering, 2012. 834006-1-834006-10 p.
Personal- och organisationsutvecklingsstudier : rapport, ISSN 1102-0083Profil : produktionsekonomisk forskning i Linköping, ISSN 0348-1026
polypyrrole, PEDOT, microactuators, bioelectronics
National CategoryTextile, Rubber and Polymeric Materials
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-78454DOI: 10.1117/12.917428ISI: 000304818100003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-78454DiVA: diva2:532762
Electroactive Polymer Actuators and Devices (EAPAD) 2012, 12 March, San Diego, California, USA