Arrays of EAP micro-actuators for single-cell stretching applications

  title={Arrays of EAP micro-actuators for single-cell stretching applications},
  author={S. Akbari and Muhamed Niklaus and H. Shea and Rue Jaquet-Droz},
Mechanical stimuli are critical for the development and maintenance of most tissues such as muscles, cartilage, bones and blood vessels. The commercially available cell culture systems replicating the in vivo environment are typically based on simple membrane cell-stretching equipment, which can only measure the average response of large colonies of cells over areas of greater than one cm. We present here the conceptual design and the complete fabrication process of an array of 128 Electro… CONTINUE READING