Omnidirectional actuation of magnetically driven microtool for cutting of oocyte in a chip

Naoki Inomata, Takehito Mizunuma, Yoko Yamanishi, Fumihito Arai

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Abstract

In this paper, we developed and fabricated a magnetically driven microtool (MMT) and installed it on a microfluidic chip for use in the enucleation of oocytes. The fabricated tool is much smaller than a conventional mechanical micromanipulator used for cell manipulation. We succeeded in driving this MMT in two degrees of freedomin the X - and Y -directions. The MMT works on the principle of noncontact actuation by magnetic force; therefore, the microfluidic-chip part is fully disposable and inexpensive. The MMT consists of a polymer part with a controllable attitude and a rigid metal (Ni) part with good magnetic properties, which are useful for cutting oocytes. We analytically evaluated that the structure for easy attitude control of the polymer part is a four-leg-type configuration. Based on the novel and original design, the MMT and microfluidic chip were fabricated by photolithography. The MMT could generate a force of 3 mN, which is sufficient to cut an oocyte into half. We successfully demonstrated the cutting of an oocyte on a microfluidic chip by using the MMT.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5686907
Pages (from-to)383-388
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Microelectromechanical Systems
Volume20
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Apr
Externally publishedYes

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Microfluidics
Micromanipulators
Attitude control
Photolithography
Polymers
Magnetic properties
Metals

Keywords

  • Enucleation
  • magnetically driven microtool (MMT)
  • microfluidic chip
  • oocyte

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

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Omnidirectional actuation of magnetically driven microtool for cutting of oocyte in a chip. / Inomata, Naoki; Mizunuma, Takehito; Yamanishi, Yoko; Arai, Fumihito.

In: Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems, Vol. 20, No. 2, 5686907, 04.2011, p. 383-388.

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Inomata, Naoki ; Mizunuma, Takehito ; Yamanishi, Yoko ; Arai, Fumihito. / Omnidirectional actuation of magnetically driven microtool for cutting of oocyte in a chip. In: Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems. 2011 ; Vol. 20, No. 2. pp. 383-388.
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