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Articles by Richard Cukelj in JoVE
Synthesis of Biocompatible Liquid Crystal Elastomer Foams as Cell Scaffolds for 3D Spatial Cell Cultures Marianne E. Prévôt1, Senay Ustunel1, Leah E. Bergquist2, Richard Cukelj3, Yunxiang Gao1, Taizo Mori1, Lindsay Pauline3, Robert J. Clements3, Elda Hegmann1 1Liquid Crystal Institute, Kent State University, 2Chemical Physics Interdisciplinary Program, Liquid Crystal Institute, Kent State University, 3Department of Biological Sciences, Kent State University This study presents a methodology to prepare 3D, biodegradable, foam-like cell scaffolds based on biocompatible side-chain liquid crystal elastomers (LCEs). Confocal microscopy experiments show that foam-like LCEs allow for cell attachment, proliferation, and the spontaneous alignment of C2C12s myoblasts.