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Nanofibrous Surface Patterning using Nano-Meshed Microcapsules Induced by Phase Seperation Assisted Electrospray

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4 Author(s)
Ikeuchi, M. ; Dept. of Micro-Nano Syst. Eng., Nagoya Univ., Nagoya ; Tane, R. ; Fukuoka, M. ; Ikuta, K.

This is the first report on a nanofibrous surface patterning process using nano-meshed polymer microcapsules for biological applications. The nano-meshed microcapsules were formed using a method named phase separation assisted electrospray. Features of the nano-meshed microcapsules were found to be tunable by adjusting process conditions. Contrary to non-woven mats formed of continuous nanofibers via conventional electrospinning, nano-meshed microcapsule reported herein enabled a single step nanofibrous surface patterning by electrostatic focusing following the microcapsule formation. The biodegradable polylactic acid made microcapsules were patterned onto a glass substrate with up to 500 mum resolution and human hepatocyte cells were cultured on the patterned areas to confirm biocompatibility of the microcapsule.

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Micro Electro Mechanical Systems, 2009. MEMS 2009. IEEE 22nd International Conference on

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25-29 Jan. 2009