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Nanotech 2008 Vol. 2
Nanotech 2008 Vol. 2
Nanotechnology 2008: Life Sciences, Medicine & Bio Materials - Technical Proceedings of the 2008 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Trade Show, Volume 2
Chapter 8: Soft Nanotechnology & Polymers

Stimuli-Responsive Polymers in bioMEMS Devices

Authors:F. Montagne, A.M. Popa, R. Pugin, H. Heinzelmann
Affilation:Swiss Center for Electronic and Microtechnic, CH
Pages:653 - 656
Keywords:responsive, polymers, coatings, MEMS
Abstract:Due to their unique “switchable” properties, stimuli-responsive polymers have been attracting considerable attention in biotechnologies and successful applications have already been demonstrated in sensing, intelligent textiles, bio-separation and drug delivery systems. Development of responsive surfaces is a topic of intensive research at CSEM and our presentation will aim at giving real-case of industrial applications of smart coatings, and in particular, to show their possible integration into bioMEMS devices. In this context, we will successively present the use of stimuli-responsive block copolymer micelles as a tool for nanofabrication, some processes for preparation of nanoporous membranes and their functionalization with thermo-responsive polymers, the use of “smart” hydrogels as part of biosensors for health monitoring and finally the design of micro-patterned responsive surfaces for reversible capture/release of cells.
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