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Activities aimed at the general public:

Can we design smart materials to control our cells?

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Guided tour of a laboratory

Saturday, October 1, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

UC3M Science Park. Leganés Technological Park, Av. Gregorio Peces Barba, 1, 28919 Leganés, Madrid. Link googlemaps

When we make decisions, run, heal a wound, our heart beats, millions of cells are working collectively to perform these functions. We conceive these biological processes as difficult-to-understand physicochemical systems. However, our cells can be understood as “small persons” that develop their functions on a microscopic scale (remember that animation series “Once upon a time the human body”). As well as we run more easily on an athletic track than on the sand of a beach, cells will better execute their jobs if their environment is more friendly. In this visit to our laboratory, we propose solutions to control the cell environment and be able to guide them. During this visit, we will conduct tests with intelligent materials (magneto-active) in different experimental equipment, we will print these materials in 3D and, finally, we will use them to stimulate cells!

Daniel García González. Miguel Fernández de la Torre. Sara Garzon Hernandez. Alejandro Mejias Fernandez. Jorge Gonzalez-Rico Iriarte. Marisa López Donaire. Laura Alonso Alonso. Department of Continuum Mechanics and Structure Theory at UC3M.

Activity aimed at all types of public, with special interest to high school students and university degrees.

Reservation: through this online form

This activity is developed within the framework of 4D-BIOMAP (Biomechanical Stimulation based on 4D Printed Magneto-Active Polymer; Biomechanical Stimulation based on Magneto-Active Polymers by 4D printing) a project funded by the European Research Council through through an ERC Starting Grant from the Research and Innovation Framework Program of the European Union, Horizon 2020 (GA 947723). More info


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