Molecular Machines & Industries

Optical Trapping

Optical Trapping & Force Detection

Optical tweezers are often used to study single molecules such as DNA and proteins, as well as molecular motors, folding and adhesion forces. In principle, the MMI CellManipulator [Link to p.18] can be applied in various different research projects when the sensitive and straight-forward measurements of biological forces is essential to address your questions.

In addition, it’s the perfect tool to hold, move, rotate, join, separate, stretch or otherwise manipulate cells and multiple microscopic particles in a contact-free, precise and easy way.

Typical applications include:

  • Cell-based studies: Cell interactions and intracellular manipulations
  • Measurement of Binding Forces: Bacterial and viral adhesion studies
  • Molecular Motor Studies: Actin & myosin, kinesin & dynein motors
  • Laser Raman Tweezers: Isolation of cells and microorganisms
  • Lab-on-a-Chip Device: Biosensor assays

“The MMI CellManipulator Plus optical tweezer was customized on an upright microscope upon our request. The tweezer has been working reliably, with excellent manipulation power and flexibility on various devices, from simply glass slides to microelectrodes on silicon. The MMI service was also professional, fast and considerate.”

Chengxun Liu, Ph.D. Imec Belgium

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