Authors thank Jugal K Gupta for his helpful discussions. The study was funded by NSF through grants DMR-0520527 and DMR-0602570, and ARO through grants W911NF-07-1-0446 and W911NF-06-1-0314. Supporting Information is available online from Wiley InterScience or from the author.
Optically Responsive and Mechanically Tunable Colloid-In-Liquid Crystal Gels that Support Growth of Fibroblasts†
Article first published online: 20 OCT 2008
Copyright © 2008 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim
Volume 20, Issue 24, pages 4804–4809, December 17, 2008
How to Cite
Agarwal, A., Huang, E., Palecek, S. and Abbott, N. L. (2008), Optically Responsive and Mechanically Tunable Colloid-In-Liquid Crystal Gels that Support Growth of Fibroblasts. Adv. Mater., 20: 4804–4809. doi: 10.1002/adma.200800932
- Issue published online: 16 DEC 2008
- Article first published online: 20 OCT 2008
- Manuscript Received: 5 APR 2008
- NSF. Grant Numbers: DMR-0520527, DMR-0602570
- ARO. Grant Numbers: W911NF-07-1-0446, W911NF-06-1-0314
- cell spreading;
- liquid crystals
Whereas low molecular weight liquid crystals (LCs) are too soft to support the culture of fibroblast cells, gels formed by polystyrene microparticles dispersed in LCs can be mechanically tuned to support the cell culture. These self-supporting gels can be readily molded, thus facilitating their use for cell culture, and they contain micrometer-sized domains of LCs that can be oriented by interactions at the surfaces confining the gels.