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Post-doc offer: PsD-DRF-17-0034

Biotechnologies,nanobiology / Life Sciences

Magnetically actuated metamaterials for biotechnology applications


The SPINTEC and SyMMES labs offer an 18 months post-doctoral position on the development of magnetically actuated metamaterials prototypes for biotechnology applications. This work is part of the ABIOMATER European FET project, aiming at the creation of magnetically actuated soft metamaterials as a basis for micro-mechanical devices. This is achieved by the understanding of the fundamental physics of such materials, and the demonstration of their technological potential.

Based on the results already obtained on the fabrication of soft Magneto-Elastic Membranes (MEM) with micrometer-sized magnets embedded in PDMS, the candidate will conduct the following studies:

• Study of Bioreactor Systems, consisting in vibrating MEM-based single-layer or 3D systems in which cells will be incorporated: test for their ability to modify cell growing, to maintain cell viability, and study of the cells growth under static or dynamic stress;

• Fabrication and study of MEM-based Micro-Lens with the goal of achieving tunable optical properties, using a magnetic field to tune the shape of the stretched membrane;

• Fabrication of MEM Muscle Analogue, by the design of membranes with magnetically controlled anisotropic contraction, such devices forming the basis for sphincters and valves. A second phase of the experiments will focus on the dynamic regime, appropriate for muscle constructs.

Institut nanosciences et cryogénie
Spintronique et technologie des composants
Laboratoire Spintec
Start date on 05/01/2017

Robert MOREL  

CEA Grenoble
17, rue des Martyrs
38054 cedex 9

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