Advanced Functional Materials

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19_17b/2009Cell–Material Interfaces: Capillary Force Lithography: A Versatile Tool for Structured Biomaterials Interface Towards Cell and Tissue Engineering (Adv. Funct. Mater. 17/2009)

An in-depth overview of the recently developed molding technology termed capillary force lithography (CFL) is presented by K.-Y. Suh et al. on page 2699, with particular emphasis on control of the properties of the cellular microenvironment, such as cell–protein, cell–cell, and cell–topography interactions. The cover image demonstrates that the adhesion and growth of NIH 3T3 fibroblasts is extremely sensitive to multi-scale, hierarchical structures, with the cells elongated along the nanoscale bridges.

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