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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 8 — Apr. 13, 2009
  • pp: 6578–6583

Optical microassembly platform for constructing reconfigurable microenvironments for biomedical studies

Peter John Rodrigo, Lóránd Kelemen, Darwin Palima, Carlo Amadeo Alonzo, Pál Ormos, and Jesper Glückstad  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 8, pp. 6578-6583 (2009)

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Cellular development is highly influenced by the surrounding microenvironment. We propose user-reconfigurable microenvironments and bio-compatible scaffolds as an approach for understanding cellular development processes. We demonstrate a model platform for constructing versatile microenvironments by fabricating morphologically complex microstructures by two-photon polymerization (2PP) and then assembling these archetypal building blocks into various configurations using multiple, real-time configurable counterpropagating-beam (CB) traps. The demonstrated capacity for handling feature-rich microcomponents may be further developed into a generalized microassembly platform.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(170.0170) Medical optics and biotechnology : Medical optics and biotechnology
(170.4520) Medical optics and biotechnology : Optical confinement and manipulation
(230.4000) Optical devices : Microstructure fabrication

ToC Category:
Medical Optics and Biotechnology

Original Manuscript: February 18, 2009
Revised Manuscript: April 3, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: April 3, 2009
Published: April 6, 2009

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Peter John Rodrigo, Lóránd Kelemen, Darwin Palima, Carlo Amadeo Alonzo, Pál Ormos, and Jesper Glückstad, "Optical microassembly platform for constructing reconfigurable microenvironments for biomedical studies," Opt. Express 17, 6578-6583 (2009)

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