Artificial Cilia

Artificial Cilia

Edited by Jaap MJ den Toonder and Patrick Onck

Natural cilia are tiny hairs on cells which have generated andsensed fluid flow in biological systems for billions of years. Mimicking this action in artificial systems presents interesting opportunities for flow control in lab-on-a-chip devices. Research into this field began almost a decade ago, and this book presents the state-of-the-art in this rapidly developing field of research inspired by nature.

Establishing a link between nature and technology is a major attraction to those entering the field, which encompasses materials, processing, fluid mechanics, fluid-structure interaction, and biomedical applications. Artificial Cilia will appeal to anyone working in these areas and presents beautiful examples of how a biological system can form the successful basis for research and technical applications.

The editors have been pioneers in the field since establishing a major European project on artificial cilia in 2005, and they are joined by leading experts from across the globe in presenting a comprehensive digest of this exciting new technology.

Brief Contents


  • Introduction
  • Numerical Modelling for Artificial Cilia
  • Computational design of magnetic artificial cilia
  • Modeling the Interaction of Active Cilia with Species in Solution: From Chemical
  • Reagents to Microscopic Particles
  • Electrostatic Artificial Cilia
  • Ferromagnetic Cilia
  • Light-actuated artificial cilia based on liquid crystal networks
  • Hydrogel-actuated Integrated Responsive Systems (HAIRS): Creating Cilia-like ‘Hairy’
  • Surfaces


Series: RSC Nanoscience & Nanotechnology
ISSN: 1757-7136
Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry
ISBN: 978184973597
Price: £149.99
Publishing date: 31/07/2013
Target Audience: Professional and scholarly
Format: Hardback
Size: 234 x 156 mm 
Pages: 300

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