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Mini and micro propulsion for medical swimmers

Feng, J and Cho, SK (2014) Mini and micro propulsion for medical swimmers. Micromachines, 5 (1). 97 - 113.

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Mini and micro robots, which can swim in an underwater environment, have drawn widespread research interests because of their potential applicability to the medical or biological fields, including delivery and transportation of bio-materials and drugs, bio-sensing, and bio-surgery. This paper reviews the recent ideas and developments of these types of self-propelling devices, ranging from the millimeter scale down to the micro and even the nano scale. Specifically, this review article makes an emphasis on various propulsion principles, including methods of utilizing smart actuators, external magnetic/electric/acoustic fields, bacteria, chemical reactions, etc. In addition, we compare the propelling speed range, directional control schemes, and advantages of the above principles. © 2014 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Feng, Jjif17@pitt.eduJIF17
Cho, SKskcho@pitt.eduSKCHO0000-0001-7283-8839
Date: 1 January 2014
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Micromachines
Volume: 5
Number: 1
Page Range: 97 - 113
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.3390/mi5010097
Schools and Programs: Swanson School of Engineering > Materials Science and Engineering
Swanson School of Engineering > Mechanical Engineering
Refereed: Yes
Article Type: Review
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2015 14:31
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2019 14:55


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