Multiphoton fabrication of freeform polymer microstructures with gold nanorods.
ABSTRACT In this study, three-dimensional (3D) polyacrylamide microstructures containing gold nanorods (AuNRs) were fabricated by two-photon polymerization (TPP) using Rose Bengal (RB) as the photoinitiator. To retain AuNRs in the 3D polymer microstructures, the laser wavelength was chosen for two-photon RB absorption for improved TPP efficiency, but not for enhancing the longitudinal plasmon resonance of AuNRs which may result in photothermal damage of AuNRs. After TPP processing, the laser wavelength was tuned for the longitudinal plasmon resonance and the laser power was increased to beyond the damage threshold of the AuNRs for reshaping the AuNRs into gold nanospheres. As a result, AuNRs in designated positions of the fabricated 3D microstructures can be achieved. Two-photon luminescence from the doped AuNRs can also act as contrast agent for the visualization of 3D polymer microstructures.
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ABSTRACT: The two-photon excited fluorescence (TPEF) increments of two dyes via bovine serum albumin (BSA) microstructures fabricated by the two-photon crosslinking technique were investigated. One is Rose Bengal (RB) with a high nonradiative decay rate, while the other is Eosin Y with a low non-radiative decay rate. Experimental results demonstrate that the quantum yield and lifetime of RB are both augmented via crosslinked BSA microstructures. Compared with theoretical analysis, this result indicates that the non-radiative decay rate of RB is decreased; hence, the quenched effect induced by BSA solution is suppressed. However, the fluorescence lifetime of Eosin Y is acutely abated despite the augmented quantum yield for the two-photon crosslinking processing from BSA solution. This result deduces that the radiative decay rate increased. Furthermore, the increased TPEF intensity and lifetime of RB correlated with the concentration of fabricated crosslinked BSA microstructures through pulse selection of the employed femtosecond laser is demonstrated and capable of developing a zone-plate-like BSA microstructure.SPIE NanoScience + Engineering; 09/2012
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ABSTRACT: In this study, a temporal focusing-based high-throughput multiphoton-induced ablation system with axially-resolved widefield multiphoton excitation has been successfully applied to rapidly disrupt biotissues. Experimental results demonstrate that this technique features high efficiency for achieving large-area laser ablation without causing serious photothermal damage in non-ablated regions. Furthermore, the rate of tissue processing can reach around 1.6 × 106 μm3/s in chicken tendon. Moreover, the temporal focusing-based multiphoton system can be efficiently utilized in optical imaging through iterating high-throughput multiphoton-induced ablation machining followed by widefield optical sectioning; hence, it has the potential to obtain molecular images for a whole bio-specimen.Biomedical Optics Express 02/2015; 6(2). DOI:10.1364/BOE.6.000491 · 3.50 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: In this study, three-dimensional (3D) multi-component microstructures were precisely fabricated via multiphoton excited photochemistry using a femtosecond laser direct-writing system with proposed repetition positioning and vector scanning techniques. Extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins, such as fibronectin (FN), are difficult to stack and form 3D structures larger than several-hundred microns in height due to the nature of their protein structure. Herein, to fabricate complex 3D microstructures with FN, a 3D scaffold was designed and formed from bovine serum albumin (BSA), after which human FN was inserted at specific locations on the BSA scaffold; in this manner, the fabricated ECM microstructure can guide cells in a 3D environment. A human breast cancer cell line, MDA-MB-231, was used to investigate the behavior of cell migration and adhesion on the fabricated human FN and BSA protein structures. Experimental results indicate that many cells are not able to attach or climb on a 3D structure’s inclined plane without FN support; hence, the influence of cell growth in a 3D context with FN should being taken into consideration. This 3D multi-protein fabrication technique holds potential for cell studies in designed complex 3D ECM scaffolds.Biomedical Optics Express 02/2015; 6(2). DOI:10.1364/BOE.6.000480 · 3.50 Impact Factor