Spatially functionalized polymer surfaces produced via cell-mediated lithography

Authors

  • Dr. Cameron Alexander,

    1. Macromolecular Sciences Department, Institute of Food Research, Reading Laboratory, Earley Gate, Whiteknights, Reading RG6 6BZ (UK)
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  • Dr. Evgeny N. Vulfson

    Corresponding author
    1. Macromolecular Sciences Department, Institute of Food Research, Reading Laboratory, Earley Gate, Whiteknights, Reading RG6 6BZ (UK)
    • Macromolecular Sciences Department, Institute of Food Research, Reading Laboratory, Earley Gate, Whiteknights, Reading RG6 6BZ (UK)
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  • We thank MAFF and BBSRC for financial support.

Abstract

Cell-mediated lithography—which generates polymer particles with anisotropic patches of addressable functionality of exactly the same size and shape as the template microorganism—is described. The Figure shows the first step in the process. Similarities with lithography using self-assembled monolayers of alkane-thiolates on gold substrates are pointed out and some of the many practical applications indicated.

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