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Edward Kang, Jihee Ryoo, Gi Seok Jeong, Yoon Young Choi, Seung Min Jeong, Jongil Ju, Seok Chung, Shuichi Takayama and Sang-Hoon Lee Large-Scale, Ultrapliable, and Free-Standing Nanomembranes Advanced Materials 25

Version of Record online: 19 FEB 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/adma.201204619

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The creation and characterization of large-area ultrathin highly pliable free-standing PDMS membranes and their application to the study of cellular epithelia is described. The ultra-thin membranes permitted the straight forward calculation of cell monolayer moduli, derived from measured stress–strain curves. These measurements allowed the unprecedented detection of cellular-level injury in the epithelia caused by the rupture of cell–cell tight junctions in response to stretching.

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