A Compact Manually Actuated Micromanipulator

Chan B., Mateen F., Chang C., Icoz K., Savran C. A.

JOURNAL OF MICROELECTROMECHANICAL SYSTEMS, vol.21, no.1, pp.7-9, 2012 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 21 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Doi Number: 10.1109/jmems.2011.2174431
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.7-9
  • Keywords: Microgripper, micromanipulator, microstamping, microtweezer, MANIPULATION, MICROGRIPPER
  • Abdullah Gül University Affiliated: No


This letter reports a compact, versatile, and user-friendly micromanipulator that uses an elastically deformable silicon microtweezer to grab microentities, and a micrometer head for rotational manual actuation. The micro-/macroconnection is achieved via a graphite interface that results in a compact and portable design and placement on most translation stages. The system which can operate in both air and liquid, and transport objects between the two media, has a wide range of applications. We demonstrate but a few of them, including in situ construction of microstructures in 3-D, isolation and placement of individual microparticles on designated spots on sensors, on-demand microcontact printing of microparticles, and manipulation of live stem cell spheres. [2011-0237]