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Magnetically actuated bio-inspired metamaterials

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Project "ABIOMATER" data sheet

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Organization address
city: EXETER
postcode: EX4 4QJ

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website
 Total cost 2˙978˙882 €
 EC max contribution 2˙978˙882 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.2.1. (FET Open)
 Code Call H2020-FETOPEN-2014-2015-RIA
 Funding Scheme RIA
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-11-01   to  2019-04-30


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER UK (EXETER) coordinator 688˙878.00
4    UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA ES (BARCELONA) participant 571˙875.00
5    PLATFORM KINETICS LIMITED UK (York) participant 524˙780.00


 Project objective

This project will deliver a new class of metamaterials whose functionality can be controlled by external magnetic fields. The materials consist of micromotors, comprising an anisotropically “hard” and “soft” ferromagnetic particle pair embedded in a polymer matrix, and promise wide-ranging technological applications. The project, involves 5 partners with expertise in experimental and theoretical physics, biological science and technology. Building upon a detailed analysis of the physical properties of the individual motors, and their dependency on their magnetic and material properties, the team will develop methods for incorporating the motors into elastic membranes (MEMs). We shall analyse the mechanical and optical properties of these constructs and the ways in which they can be modulated by the external magnetic fields. These novel properties will then be used to produce prototype devices: • Pumps for fluids and tuneable filters for dissolved solutes, operating down to microscopic length scales and based on magnetically driven membrane deformation and changes in internal pore structure. • Tuneable optical devices such as lenses and filters based on magnetic strain-induced changes in the optical and photonic properties of the constructs. • Substrates for biotechnology, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. These devices will be based on our ability to apply to cells in culture the patterns of temporally and spatially varying strain fields to which they are exposed in vivo and which maintain their phenotype and metabolic activity. The prototypes will find immediate applications in expanding areas of technology ranging from lab-on-a-chip systems to biomedical implants. They will also help the team to develop a thorough understanding of the novel emergent properties of the MEMs leading, in turn to many other applications.


List of deliverables.
Experimental study of regimes and magnetic control Documents, reports 2020-03-25 13:50:59
Theoretical study of interactions MMs Documents, reports 2020-03-25 13:50:58
Experimental study of microfluidic properties Documents, reports 2020-03-25 13:50:59
Experimental study of MM\'s interactions Documents, reports 2020-03-25 13:50:59
Theoretical study of MM\'s magnetic control Documents, reports 2020-03-25 13:50:58
Data Management Plan Open Research Data Pilot 2020-03-25 13:50:58

Take a look to the deliverables list in detail:  detailed list of ABIOMATER deliverables.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Joshua K. Hamilton, Andrew D. Gilbert, Peter G. Petrov, Feodor Y. Ogrin
Torque driven ferromagnetic swimmers
published pages: 92001, ISSN: 1070-6631, DOI: 10.1063/1.5046360
Physics of Fluids 30/9 2020-03-25
2018 Arthur V Straube, Josep M Pagès, Antonio Ortiz-Ambriz, Pietro Tierno, Jordi Ignés-Mullol, Francesc Sagués
Assembly and transport of nematic colloidal swarms above photo-patterned defects and surfaces
published pages: 75006, ISSN: 1367-2630, DOI: 10.1088/1367-2630/aac3c6
New Journal of Physics 20/7 2020-03-25
2019 Josep M. Pagès, Jordi Ignés-Mullol, Francesc Sagués
Anomalous Diffusion of Motile Colloids Dispersed in Liquid Crystals
published pages: , ISSN: 0031-9007, DOI: 10.1103/physrevlett.122.198001
Physical Review Letters 122/19 2020-03-25
2017 M. T. Bryan, S. R. Shelley, M. J. Parish, P. G. Petrov, C. P. Winlove, A. D. Gilbert, F. Y. Ogrin
Emergent propagation modes of ferromagnetic swimmers in constrained geometries
published pages: 73901, ISSN: 0021-8979, DOI: 10.1063/1.4976103
Journal of Applied Physics 121/7 2020-03-25
2019 Helena Massana-Cid, Fanlong Meng, Daiki Matsunaga, Ramin Golestanian, Pietro Tierno
Tunable self-healing of magnetically propelling colloidal carpets
published pages: , ISSN: 2041-1723, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-10255-4
Nature Communications 10/1 2020-03-25
2015 Selma Leulmi, Xavier Chauchet, Melissa Morcrette, Guillermo Ortiz, Hélène Joisten, Philippe Sabon, Thierry Livache, Yanxia Hou, Marie Carrière, Stéphane Lequien, Bernard Dieny
Triggering the apoptosis of targeted human renal cancer cells by the vibration of anisotropic magnetic particles attached to the cell membrane
published pages: 15904-15914, ISSN: 2040-3364, DOI: 10.1039/c5nr03518j
Nanoscale 7/38 2020-03-25
2019 M.T. Bryan, J. Garcia-Torres, E.L. Martin, J.K. Hamilton, C. Calero, P.G. Petrov, C.P. Winlove, I. Pagonabarraga, P. Tierno, F. Sagués, F.Y. Ogrin
Microscale Magneto-Elastic Composite Swimmers at the Air-Water and Water-Solid Interfaces Under a Uniaxial Field
published pages: , ISSN: 2331-7019, DOI: 10.1103/physrevapplied.11.044019
Physical Review Applied 11/4 2020-03-25
2018 Joshua K. Hamilton, Matthew T. Bryan, Andrew D. Gilbert, Feodor Y. Ogrin, Thomas O. Myers
A new class of magnetically actuated pumps and valves for microfluidic applications
published pages: , ISSN: 2045-2322, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-19506-8
Scientific Reports 8/1 2020-03-25
2018 Fanlong Meng, Daiki Matsunaga, Ramin Golestanian
Clustering of Magnetic Swimmers in a Poiseuille Flow
published pages: , ISSN: 0031-9007, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.120.188101
Physical Review Letters 120/18 2020-03-25
2019 H. Joisten, A. Truong, S. Ponomareva, C. Naud, R. Morel, Y. Hou, I. Joumard, S. Auffret, P. Sabon, B. Dieny
Optical response of magnetically actuated biocompatible membranes
published pages: 10667-10683, ISSN: 2040-3364, DOI: 10.1039/c9nr00585d
Nanoscale 11/22 2020-03-25
2017 Cécile Iss, Guillermo Ortiz, Alain Truong, Yanxia Hou, Thierry Livache, Roberto Calemczuk, Philippe Sabon, Eric Gautier, Stéphane Auffret, Liliana D. Buda-Prejbeanu, Nikita Strelkov, Hélène Joisten, Bernard Dieny
Fabrication of nanotweezers and their remote actuation by magnetic fields
published pages: , ISSN: 2045-2322, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-00537-6
Scientific Reports 7/1 2020-03-25
2017 Joshua K. Hamilton, Peter G. Petrov, C. Peter Winlove, Andrew D. Gilbert, Matthew T. Bryan, Feodor Y. Ogrin
Magnetically controlled ferromagnetic swimmers
published pages: , ISSN: 2045-2322, DOI: 10.1038/srep44142
Scientific Reports 7/1 2020-03-25
2018 Daiki Matsunaga, Andreas Zöttl, Fanlong Meng, Ramin Golestanian, Julia M Yeomans
Far-field theory for trajectories of magnetic ellipsoids in rectangular and circular channels
published pages: 767-782, ISSN: 0272-4960, DOI: 10.1093/imamat/hxy019
IMA Journal of Applied Mathematics 83/4 2020-03-25
2018 José García-Torres, Carles Calero, Francesc Sagués, Ignacio Pagonabarraga, Pietro Tierno
Magnetically tunable bidirectional locomotion of a self-assembled nanorod-sphere propeller
published pages: , ISSN: 2041-1723, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-04115-w
Nature Communications 9/1 2020-03-25
2017 Daiki Matsunaga, Fanlong Meng, Andreas Zöttl, Ramin Golestanian, Julia M. Yeomans
Focusing and Sorting of Ellipsoidal Magnetic Particles in Microchannels
published pages: , ISSN: 0031-9007, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.119.198002
Physical Review Letters 119/19 2020-03-25
2016 Alain Truong, Guillermo Ortiz, Mélissa Morcrette, Thomas Dietsch, Philippe Sabon, Isabelle Joumard, Alain Marty, Hélène Joisten, Bernard Dieny
Magneto-optical micromechanical systems for magnetic field mapping
published pages: 31634, ISSN: 2045-2322, DOI: 10.1038/srep31634
Scientific Reports 6 2020-03-25

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