This paper describes mass production system of micro-tubes for microbial culture in an open environment. Microbes are used in many fields, such as food, medicine, environmental and energy. We proposed a microbe culture system using hydrogel micro-tubes, which can protect the target microbes inside from competitive microbes outside of the tubes while allow oxygen and nutrition to diffuse through. The hydrogel micro-tubes can be produced by a microfluidic device, which can precisely control the flow and therefore, the tube geometry. For practical applications of the micro-tube-based microbial culture, one of the biggest challenges is the scale-up of the micro-tube-based culture system, or mass production of the tubes. We developed a fluidic system that can produce multiple micro-tubes in parallel. We characterized the mass-produced micro channels and verified the effectiveness of the system.
|Title of host publication
|2016 38th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2016
|Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
|Number of pages
|Published - 2016 Oct 13
|38th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2016 - Orlando, United States
Duration: 2016 Aug 16 → 2016 Aug 20
|38th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2016
|16/8/16 → 16/8/20
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Signal Processing
- Biomedical Engineering
- Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
- Health Informatics