Biomimetic hydrogel cupula for canal neuromasts inspired sensors

M. Bora, A. G P Kottapalli, J. M. Miao, M. Asadnia, M. S. Triantafyllou

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This paper presents development of a biomimetic hydrogel for encapsulation of self-powered MEMS sensors, inspired from canal neuromasts of blind cave fish. A hyaluronic acid hydrogel mimics cupula, a specialized structure involved in sensing mechanism of neuromasts. Upon hydrogel encapsulation, the sensor retains its sensitivity towards oscillatory flow stimulus and functions similar to biological neuromasts. The biomimetic artificial cupula, developed using polymeric hydrogel, demonstrated close similarity in material and mechanical properties to that of the biological cupula of neuromasts.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2016 IEEE SENSORS proceedings
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9781479982875
ISBN (Print)9781479982882
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event15th IEEE Sensors Conference, SENSORS 2016 - Orlando, United States
Duration: 30 Oct 20162 Nov 2016


Other15th IEEE Sensors Conference, SENSORS 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • biomimetic
  • canal neuromast
  • hyaluronic acid
  • hydrogel
  • MEMS
  • self-powered sensor


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