Cell culture arrangement using ferromagnetic diamond-shaped thin films

Tzong Rong Ger, Chen Yu Huang, Mei Feng Lai

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Cell patterning has become a prominent technology for tissue engineering. In this research, cell patterning was demonstrated through a diamond-shaped array of magnetic thin films fabricated photolithographically. By utilizing the stray field induced by the magnetic poles at the tips of the thin films, this method can effectively attract magnetically labeled cells and control their position for growing. Magnetic nanoparticles entered the cells via endocytosis, where the amount of particles inside the cells was determined by magnetophoresis experiment. It was observed that magnetically labeled cells can be successfully attracted to the tips of the diamond-shaped magnetic thin film structures, forming a linear cell pattern. We have also found that this structure was capable of collecting and attracting more cells over time. Further proliferation of the patterned cells on the structure suggests that it can be very useful for tissue engineering and biochips.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6558997
Pages (from-to)3453-3455
Number of pages3
JournalIEEE Transactions on Magnetics
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Aug 2

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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