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Micropillar array embedded system for single cell encapsulation in hydrogel

  • Kyun Joo Park (a1), Kyoung G. Lee (a2), Seunghwan Seok (a1), Bong Gill Choi (a3), Seok Jae Lee (a2) and Do Hyun Kim (a1)...


A cylindrical-shaped micropillar array embedded microfluidic device was proposed to enhance the dispersion of cell clusters and the efficiency of single cell encapsulation in hydrogel. Different sizes of micropillar arrays act as a sieve to break Escherichia coli (E. coli) aggregates into single cells in polyethylene glycol diacrylate (PEGDA) solution. We applied the external force for the continuous breakup of cell clusters, resulting in the production of more than 70% of single cells into individual hydrogel particles. This proposed strategy and device will be a useful platform to utilize genetically modified microorganisms in practical applications.


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