A key challenge of designing and constructing biohybrid robots is interfacing between the biological and synthetic components. In this project, we attempt to address this challenge in our construction of micro-scale motor components for a novel autonomous underwater robot. This swimming robot is designed to use photoproduction to interface between the electrical components of the robot and the actuator cells that propel the robot forward. Using electrohydrodynamic jet (E-Jet) printing, we aim to fashion a blue-emissive organic light emitting device (blue OLED) to excite muscle cells containing channelrhodopsin.
Presenter: Ryan Myers