Workshop on Manipulation and Characterization at the Microscale

This two days workshop aims at investigating novel techniques to manipulate and perform characterization of single microscale objects that are either biological kind  - DAY1 of the workshop - or that are fibers biological kinds (plant or artificial ones) - DAY2 of the workshop. The main program of the workshop is:

Participating to the workshop is free of charge (within the limit of available places) but the registration is compulsory using the following link:

Registration page

DAY1 - November 27 - Manipulation and Characterization for biological applications

The manipulation and characterization of single biological objects is now a major scientific and societal challenge. In particular, many emerging techniques are available to create deformations, to apply forces to a biological object and to perform measurements. The study of the response of biological objects subjected to mechanical stimuli allows particularly original studies such as the manipulation or characterization of DNA bundles, chromosomes, bacteria, proteins, peptides and cells (IVF, macrophages, E. coli...). Different techniques can be used to create these stimuli, either by so-called non-contact approaches (use of acoustic, magnetic, electric force fields, etc.) or by contact approaches (micro-clamps, tips, AFM, etc.).

The objective of the day is to survey state-of-the-art works that are at the interface between biology, instrumentation and micro-nanorobotics fields, but also to identify and then implement synergies aimed at developing innovative approaches to the manipulation or characterization of biological objects using a robotic approach.

Detailled program - November 27

  • Edison Gerena - ISIR - InteractiveRobotic Optical Single-Cell Manipulation
  • Alexis Peaucelle - INRA - "Capacité d’expansion intrinsèque des parois végétales et sa dynamique rhéologique étudier par nanoscopy et FluidFM"
  • Claire Bourlieu - INRA -
  • Abdenbi Mohand-Oussaid - "High fidelity Microscale force feedback teleoperation systems"
  • Emmanuel Piat - "Challenges in control theory induced by the mechanical charaterization of human oocytes"
  • Vladimir Gauthier, Aude Bolopion
  • Olivier Théodoly
  • Soukalo Dembélé, Guillaume Laurent, Patrick Sandoz "Repositionnement et reconstruction visuels d'objets biologiques"

Day 2 - November 28 - Manipulation and Characterization for plant and synthetic fibers

The study, characterization and manipulation of single fibers is today a major scientific and societal challenge. For example, we can mention the fields of biocomposites, paper, defense, cosmetics and also the food industry. Many stakes deals with the study of single fibers which requires the implementation of new handling and characterization techniques. At the same time, significant recent progress in the fields of micro-nanorobotics and micromechanics has opened up new and original possibilities such as dexterous manipulation, highly precise automated characterization, fine control of influential parameters, the possibility to easily modify influent parameters, changing the load mode, and the possible combination with several already proven techniques (particularly measurement techniques such as X-rays…).

In this context, the objective of the day is to survey state-of-the-art works that are at the interface between the fields of mechanical engineering, micro-nanorobotics and the community studying plant and synthetic fibers. The workshop also aims at identifying and implementing synergies to develop innovative approaches to fiber handling or characterization by robotic approach.

Detailled program - November 28

8h30 welcoming / Coffee

9h - 10h45 Scientific session

  • 9h Cédric Clévy - Opening "Applications of micro and nanorobotics"
  • 9h25 Sébastien Joannès - Mines Paris - "Investigation des paramètres influents lors de la caractérisation en traction mono-filamentaire de fibres de carbone T700"
  • 9h50 Fabien Amiot - FEMTO-ST - "Grid nano-indentation as full-field measurements for fiber-reinforced composites"
  • 10h15 Gilles Arnold - LPMT - "Transverse compression test for the study of the mechanical behaviour of individual fibres"

10h45 Coffee break

11h Lab Tour

12h15 Lunch* + Poster sessions

* Lunch will be a buffet provided by the organization (free for registered persons)

13H30 Scientific session

  • 13h30 Alain Bourmaud - UBS - "La nanoindentation et l'AFM comme outils de compréhension fine des propriétés ultra structurales des parois végétales"
  • 13h55 Pauline Butaud - FEMTO-ST - "Dynamic characterization of fibers"
  • 14h20 Yann Leray - Dia-Stron - ???

14h55 Coffee break

15h15 Scientific session

  • 15h15 Johnny Beaugrand – INRA - "Breakage mechanisms of lignocellulosic fibers"
  • 15h40 Vincent Placet - FEMTO-ST - "Transverse compressive properties of fibers determined using micromechatronics systems and 2D full-field measurement"

16h15 conclusions of the workshop


The workshop will take place within the main building of the FEMTO-ST Institute located in 15B avenue des Montboucons, 25030 Besançon, France, (33 3) 63 08 24 00 

Supporting sponsors

- GDR Robotique (French Research Group in Robotics) - GT3 (workgroup on "Multiscale Manipulation") - website GDR Robotics -

- GDR Mécafib (French Research Group in "Multiscale Mechanics of Fibrous Media") - website GDR Mecafib -

- EUR Eiphi (Gradute school "Engineering and Innovation through Physical Sciences, High-technologies, and cross-dIsciplinary research") - website EUR Eiphi -