Acoustic whirlpools to manipulate and organize individual cells

Article published by Michaël Baudoin and his team in the magazine Nature Communication.

This result, both scientific and technological, is the result of inter-university and industrial collaborative work, involving in particular several groups in our laboratory.

Teams and structures involved :

Real image of an acoustic clamp held by a mechanical clamp

Synthesis of an acoustic vortex using a spiral holographic transducer and trapping of a cell in the center of the vortex

Cells manipulated and organized individually using an acoustic clamp

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The selection, manipulation and positioning of individual cells (or microorganisms) opens up unprecedented prospects for studying their behavior, interactions, and response to mechanical stress (mechanotransduction) or for organizing them with a view to tissue engineering.
Researchers at the IEMN in collaboration with a researcher from the INSP have demonstrated that it is possible to use ultrasonic vortices to trap and manipulate individual cells with greater forces than their optical counterparts, without damaging them. These acoustic vortices are synthesized using holographic electrodes deposited on the surface of a piezoelectrically active material.