Laser-based fabrication of an electro stimulator device for cardiac cells stimulation

Biosensors & Bioelectronics

ISSN: 2155-6210

Open Access

Laser-based fabrication of an electro stimulator device for cardiac cells stimulation

7th Euro Biosensors and Bioelectronics Conference

July 10-11, 2017 Berlin, Germany

Daniel Nieto

University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Posters & Accepted Abstracts: J Biosens Bioelectron

Abstract :

Electro stimulation oriented to medical applications is an electric current induced method used for excitation and activation of certain organs and systems of the human body. Although many organs and systems can be stimulated by electric currents by adequate methods and techniques applied, the most widely practiced application is heart electro stimulation. Aside from this therapy, where the electric pulses are applied directly to the patient, electro stimulators are used in medical investigation as a tool to induce electric signals in cell cultures simulating different body conditions. In this method, electro stimulator must be carefully designed to work in a very specific circumstance. The device usually consists in two electrodes in direct contact with the cell culture, where the electric stimulus is induced by applying a voltage between them. They must be biocompatible to avoid toxic reactions in the culture and they also must efficiently transfer the charge to the medium in order to minimize the electrode degradation. In this work, we present a laser based fabrication process of fabricating an electro stimulator for cardiac cells on a 200 nm aluminum film deposited by physical vapor deposition over a soda-lime glass. By using laser techniques, the aluminum film was selectively removed to obtain a pre-designed electric circuit which is able to apply electric stimulus in an area delimited by a polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) layer over the circuit. In order to avoid direct contact between the circuit and the cell culture, a 100 ?¼m glass is placed between them. The electro stimulator was then assembled between two polycarbonate layers in order to maintain the device compact.

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