Microfluidic control of insect locomotor activity

Aram Chung, David Erickson

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Abstract

This work describes the intimate fusion of microsystems and physiology though the partial implantation of a microfluidic device into living insects, Manduca Sexta moth. This effort is a critical component in our development of "Insect-Micro Air Vehicles (I-MAVs)" which aim to fuse nanodevice technology with living organism. The specific goal of this system is to provide "on-command" chemically induced immobilization and subsequent reanimation of the otherwise autonomous insect by implanting a low power electrokinetic drug delivery device. In this paper, we demonstrate the locomotor activity control by releasing neurotransmitters into wing muscles. We also provide results of our fully functioning adult survivability data for pupal stage implanted microdevices along with results from a comprehensive study of a low power electroactive drug delivery system.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2008 Proceedings of ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE 2008
Pages949-952
Number of pages4
EditionPART B
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Sep 15
Externally publishedYes
Event2008 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE 2008 - Boston, MA, United States
Duration: 2008 Oct 312008 Nov 6

Publication series

NameASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Proceedings
NumberPART B
Volume13

Other

Other2008 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE 2008
CountryUnited States
CityBoston, MA
Period08/10/3108/11/6

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering

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Chung, A., & Erickson, D. (2009). Microfluidic control of insect locomotor activity. In 2008 Proceedings of ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE 2008 (PART B ed., pp. 949-952). (ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Proceedings; Vol. 13, No. PART B). https://doi.org/10.1115/IMECE2008-67772