A Note on the Nanoporous Platforms.

Author(s): Tejal A. Desai

Micro fabricated nano porous membranes can be used both in vitro for cell-based assays and in vivo for immune isolation and drug delivery applications. Rapid advancements have been made in the biomedical applications of micro and nanotechnology. While the focus of such technology has primarily been on in vitro analytical and diagnostic tools, more recently, in vivo therapeutic and sensing applications have gained attention. This paper describes the creation of monodisperse nonporous, biocompatible, silicon membranes as a platform for the delivery of cells. Studies described herein focus on the interaction of silicon based substrates with cells of interest in terms of viability, proliferation, and functionality.