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Out of the cleanroom, self-assembled magnetic artificial cilia

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Micro-sized hair-like structures, such as cilia, are abundant in nature and have various functionalities. Many efforts have been made to mimic the fluid pumping function of cilia, but most of the fabrication processes for these “artificial cilia” are tedious and expensive, hindering their practical application. In this paper a cost-effective in situ fabrication technique for artificial cilia is demonstrated. The cilia are constructed by self-assembly of micron sized magnetic beads and encapsulated with soft polymer coatings. Actuation of the cilia induces an effective fluid flow, and the cilia lengths and distribution can be adjusted by varying the magnetic bead concentration and fabrication parameters.

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The article was received on 12 Apr 2013, accepted on 11 Jun 2013 and first published on 12 Jun 2013


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C3LC50458A
Lab Chip, 2013,13, 3360-3366
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    Out of the cleanroom, self-assembled magnetic artificial cilia

    Y. Wang, Y. Gao, H. Wyss, P. Anderson and J. den Toonder, Lab Chip, 2013, 13, 3360
    DOI: 10.1039/C3LC50458A

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