Metasens project team have published have published a paper on scanning probe-based printing of nanoscopic lipid phases. The process is based on fast transfer (up to 100 µm/s) of lipids, including those bearing functional groups, from the probe onto substrates with controlled hydrophilicity. The process allows obtaining lipid assemblies ranging from sub-monolayers to multi-lamellar stacks, with controlled lateral dimensions from 100 nm up to tens of micrometers. Such a process can be useful in developing cell membrane in vitro models as well as for biosensing and pharmaceutical applications.
Model cell culture (e.g. fibroblasts) laboratory has been established at CPST for rapid prototyping and testing of different micro- and nanoarray layouts.