2019: Assembly of beads into Super-Mario!!
“Assembly of Microparticles to patterned trenches using the depletion volume effect”
Published in Y. Mori, R. Kawai, H. Suzuki Micromachines, 10(7), 428, 2019.
In this paper, we demonstrate that 20 μm microbeads can be preferentially assembled into substrate trenches of similar width by employing a polymer (depletant) that induces the depletion volume effect (depletion attraction). In previous works, we proved that this strategy is useful to assemble mesoscale parts in a site-specific manner. Here, we show that it is also applicable to assemble functional parts, such as fluorescent particles, into trenches engraved on the surface of two- and three-dimensional template components. A convenient advantage of this strategy is that it is independent of material properties for assembling mesoscale functional components into desired patterns.
I called up Nintendo and asked if we can use Super-Mario for scientific publication…