Sven Ingebrandt

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Microcontact printing (muCP) of extracellular matrix proteins is a fascinating approach to control cell positioning and outgrowth, which is essential in the development of applications ranging from cellular biosensors to tissue engineering. Microelectronic devices can be used to detect the activity from a large number of recording sites over the long term.(More)
The electrical coupling of randomly migrating neurons from rat explant brain-stem slice cultures to the gates of non-metallized field-effect transistors (FETs) has been investigated. The objective of our work is the precise interpretation of extracellular recorded signal shapes in comparison to the usual patch-clamp protocols to evaluate the possible use of(More)
Recording of extracellular signals with planar metal microelectrodes (ME) has already been presented more than 30 years ago. To date, microelectrode array (MEA) systems are able to measure extracellular signals at about 64 sites, simultaneously. This enables monitoring of electrical activity of many cells in a large area. The extracellular recording(More)
Microelectronic-based biosensors that allow noninvasive measurement of cell activity are in the focus of current developments, however, the mechanisms underlying the cell-transistor coupling are not completely understood. In particular, characteristic properties of the extracellular voltage response such as the waveform and amplitude are not satisfactorily(More)
We present the first in vitro extracellular stimulation of individual neurons from dissociated cultures with iridium oxide (IrO(x)) electrodes. Microelectrode arrays with sputtered IrO(x) films (SIROF) were developed for electrophysiological investigations with electrogenic cells. The microelectrodes were characterized with scanning electron and atomic(More)
The microelectrode array (MEA) can be used to study extracellular field potentials (exFPs) of electrogenic cells. Microcontact printing, which must be repeated after each experiment, is often used to promote accurate positioning of cells onto electrodes. The present study used MEAs with evenly spaced detection electrodes aligning along permanent SU-8(More)
Biologically sensitive field-effect transistors (BioFETs) are one of the most abundant classes of electronic sensors for biomolecular detection. Most of the time these sensors are realized as classical ion-sensitive field-effect transistors (ISFETs) having non-metallized gate dielectrics facing an electrolyte solution. In ISFETs, a semiconductor material is(More)
Most in vitro electrophysiology studies extract information and draw conclusions from representative, temporally limited snapshot experiments. This approach bears the risk of missing decisive moments that may make a difference in our understanding of physiological events. This feasibility study presents a simple benchtop cell-culture perfusion system(More)
Most cell culture studies rely on taking representative, quasi-static data snapshots during limited time windows. To permit continuous experimentation, we devised an automated perfusion system based on microfluidic cell culture chambers for microelectrode arrays (MEAs). The design is based on a perfusion cap fabricated in replica-molding technology and on a(More)