A microfabricated, biohybrid, soft robotics flagellum

Brian J. Williams, Sandeep V. Anand, Jagannathan Rajagopalan, M. Taher A. Saif

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Abstract

We present a microfabricated soft robotics flagellum powered by living cells that can generate propulsion at low Reynolds number (Re). The swimmer utilizes contractile cardiomyocytes to provide on-board actuation to a thin, deformable, polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) filament. To enable propulsion at low Re, the filament is designed such that it deforms passively in response to fluid drag, producing a time irreversible cyclical deformation and a net propulsive force. This work provides a new paradigm by integrating microfabrication and biological cells to enable the realization of an independent, soft robotics actuator with micron-scale dimensions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMEMS 2014 - 27th IEEE International Conference on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages192-195
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9781479935086
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Event27th IEEE International Conference on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems, MEMS 2014 - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: Jan 26 2014Jan 30 2014

Publication series

NameProceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS)
ISSN (Print)1084-6999

Other

Other27th IEEE International Conference on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems, MEMS 2014
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA
Period1/26/141/30/14

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propulsion
robotics
Propulsion
filaments
Robotics
Microfabrication
low Reynolds number
Polydimethylsiloxane
actuation
drag
Drag
Reynolds number
Actuators
actuators
Cells
Fluids
fluids
cells
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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Williams, B. J., Anand, S. V., Rajagopalan, J., & Saif, M. T. A. (2014). A microfabricated, biohybrid, soft robotics flagellum. In MEMS 2014 - 27th IEEE International Conference on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (pp. 192-195). [6765607] (Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS)). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/MEMSYS.2014.6765607

A microfabricated, biohybrid, soft robotics flagellum. / Williams, Brian J.; Anand, Sandeep V.; Rajagopalan, Jagannathan; Saif, M. Taher A.

MEMS 2014 - 27th IEEE International Conference on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 2014. p. 192-195 6765607 (Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS)).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Williams, BJ, Anand, SV, Rajagopalan, J & Saif, MTA 2014, A microfabricated, biohybrid, soft robotics flagellum. in MEMS 2014 - 27th IEEE International Conference on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems., 6765607, Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., pp. 192-195, 27th IEEE International Conference on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems, MEMS 2014, San Francisco, CA, United States, 1/26/14. https://doi.org/10.1109/MEMSYS.2014.6765607
Williams BJ, Anand SV, Rajagopalan J, Saif MTA. A microfabricated, biohybrid, soft robotics flagellum. In MEMS 2014 - 27th IEEE International Conference on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. 2014. p. 192-195. 6765607. (Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS)). https://doi.org/10.1109/MEMSYS.2014.6765607
Williams, Brian J. ; Anand, Sandeep V. ; Rajagopalan, Jagannathan ; Saif, M. Taher A. / A microfabricated, biohybrid, soft robotics flagellum. MEMS 2014 - 27th IEEE International Conference on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 2014. pp. 192-195 (Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS)).
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