Femtosecond laser printing of living cells using absorbing film-assisted laser-induced forward transfer

Bla Hopp, Tomi Smausz, Gbor Szab, Lajos Kolozsvri, Dimitris Kafetzopoulos, Costas Fotakis, Antal Ngrdi

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The applicability of a femtosecond KrF laser in absorbing film-assisted, laser-induced forward transfer of living cells was studied. The absorbing materials were 50-nm-thick metal films and biomaterials (gelatine, Matrigel, each 50m thick, and polyhydroxybutyrate, 2m). The used cell types were human neuroblastoma, chronic myeloid leukemia, and osteogenic sarcoma cell lines, and primary astroglial rat cells. Pulses of a 500-fs KrF excimer laser focused onto the absorbing layer in a 250-m diameter spot with 225 mJ/cm 2 fluence were used to transfer the cells to the acceptor plate placed at 0.6mm distance, which was a glass slide either pure or covered with biomaterials. While the low-absorptivity biomaterial absorbing layers proved to be ineffective in transfer of cells, when applied on the surface of acceptor plate, the wet gelatine and Matrigel layers successfully ameliorated the impact of the cells, which otherwise did not survive the arrival onto a hard surface. The best short- and long-term survival rate was between 65% and 70% for neuroblastoma and astroglial cells. The long-term survival of the transferred osteosarcoma cells was low, while the myeloid leukemia cells did not tolerate the procedure under the applied experimental conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number014302
JournalOptical Engineering
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2012



  • absorbing layer
  • biomaterials
  • cell printing
  • femtosecond excimer laser

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Engineering(all)

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