Glass microchannels fabricated by live plant root

Shota Nakashima, Kazuki Tokumaru, Fujio Tsumori

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Abstract

We fabricated silica microchannels by using a plant root as a template. A root spreads and branches three-dimensionally and has the finest parts, which are called root hair, at the root tips. The thickness of root hair is about 10 μm. We focused on this structure to apply to the μTAS field. We put a germinated plant seed so that the root grew in a compound material with silica particles. The compound with the root was heated to burn out the plant and sinter the material. In this way, we obtained the transparent sintered body with the root-shaped cavity. We also tried to control the growth of the root. We grew plants in the patterned channel filled with aqueous gel material and observed the root pattern.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication22nd International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences, MicroTAS 2018
PublisherChemical and Biological Microsystems Society
Pages535-537
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9781510897571
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2018
Event22nd International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences, MicroTAS 2018 - Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Province of China
Duration: Nov 11 2018Nov 15 2018

Publication series

Name22nd International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences, MicroTAS 2018
Volume1

Conference

Conference22nd International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences, MicroTAS 2018
CountryTaiwan, Province of China
CityKaohsiung
Period11/11/1811/15/18

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Bioengineering
  • Chemical Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Control and Systems Engineering

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    Nakashima, S., Tokumaru, K., & Tsumori, F. (2018). Glass microchannels fabricated by live plant root. In 22nd International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences, MicroTAS 2018 (pp. 535-537). (22nd International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences, MicroTAS 2018; Vol. 1). Chemical and Biological Microsystems Society.