2008 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Trade Show - Nanotech 2008 - 11th Annual

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Stimuli-Responsive Polymers in bioMEMS Devices

F. Montagne, A.M. Popa, R. Pugin, H. Heinzelmann
Swiss Center for Electronic and Microtechnic, CH

responsive, polymers, coatings, MEMS

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.

Nanotech 2008 Conference Program Abstract