Nano and micro architectures for self-propelled motors
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European Commisision's projectLT-NRBS - Lab-in-a-tube and Nanorobotic biosensors (EC-FP7-311529)
Self-propelled micromotors are emerging as important tools that help us understand the fundamentals of motion at the microscale and the nanoscale. Development of the motors for various biomedical and environmental applications is being pursued. Multiple fabrication methods can be used to construct the geometries of different sizes of motors. Here, we present an overview of appropriate methods of fabrication according to both size and shape requirements and the concept of guiding the catalytic motors within the confines of wall. Micromotors have also been incorporated with biological systems for a new type of fabrication method for bioinspired hybrid motors using three-dimensional (3D) printing technology. The 3D printed hybrid and bioinspired motors can be propelled by using ultrasound or live cells, offering a more biocompatible approach when compared to traditional catalytic motors.
CitationParmar, J. [et al.]. Nano and micro architectures for self-propelled motors. "Science and technology of advanced materials", 28 Gener 2015, vol. 16, p. 1-9.