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Biomed Mater. 2007 Mar;2(1):S16-22. doi: 10.1088/1748-6041/2/1/S03. Epub 2007 Mar 2.

MEMS capacitive force sensors for cellular and flight biomechanics.

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Advanced Micro and Nanosystems Laboratory, University of Toronto, 5 King's College Road, Toronto M5S 3G8, Canada.


Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) are playing increasingly important roles in facilitating biological studies. They are capable of providing not only qualitative but also quantitative information on the cellular, sub-cellular and organism levels, which is instrumental to understanding the fundamental elements of biological systems. MEMS force sensors with their high bandwidth and high sensitivity combined with their small size, in particular, have found a role in this domain, because of the importance of quantifying forces and their effect on the function and morphology of many biological structures. This paper describes our research in the development of MEMS capacitive force sensors that have already demonstrated their effectiveness in the areas of cell mechanics and Drosophila flight dynamics studies.

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