Micro/Nano Robots

Special Issue


Small-scale robots have garnered considerable interest in recent years owing to their tremendous promise for a wide range of medical and environmental applications. These tiny machines provide new avenues to deliver drugs, sense their surroundings or clean our environment. While most early efforts on micro/nanoscale robots have been devoted to chemically and magnetically powered microengines, recent efforts have expanded the scope of micro/nano robots to new propulsion mechanisms. These advances, along with the use of smart responsive materials, have led to remarkable new capabilities and great promise for diverse real-life applications. The field of micro/nanoscale robots offers exciting collaborative opportunities and its future growth and success will rely on the abilities of the researchers from across the globe to continue to innovate and collaborate to address the existing challenges and new exciting opportunities. 

This Special Issue of Research sheds useful insights into the latest advances and current trends in the exciting field of micro/nanoscale robots. Given the rapid development of such tiny machines, the studies reported in this Special Issue are just the beginning of a fantastic new journey. 

    Guest Editors

    Prof. Longqiu Li, Harbin Institute of Technology, China 

    Prof. Joseph Wang, University of California, San Diego, USA 

    Prof. Martin Pumera, University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague, Czech Republic 

      Table of Contents

      Enhanced Light-Harvesting Efficiency and Adaptation: A Review on Visible-Light-Driven Micro/Nanomotors

      Research, vol. 2020, Article ID 6821595, 25 pages, 2020.

      Dekai Zhou, Rencheng Zhuang, Xiaocong Chang, and Longqiu Li

      Mg-Based Micromotors with Motion Responsive to Dual Stimuli

      Research, vol. 2020, Article ID 6213981, 12 pages, 2020.

      Kang Xiong, Leilei Xu, Jinwei Lin, Fangzhi Mou, and Jianguo Guan

      Ionic Species Affect the Self-Propulsion of Urease-Powered Micromotors

      Research, vol. 2020, Article ID 2424972, 14 pages, 2020.

      Xavier Arqué, Xavier Andrés, Rafael Mestre, Bernard Ciraulo, Jaime Ortega Arroyo, Romain Quidant, Tania Patiño, and Samuel Sánchez

      Requirement and Development of Hydrogel Micromotors towards Biomedical Application

      Research, vol. 2020, Article ID 7659749, 15 pages, 2020.

      Xinyi Lin, Borui Xu, Hong Zhu, Jinrun Liu, Alexander Solovev, and Yongfeng Mei

      Light-Triggered Catalytic Performance Enhancement Using Magnetic Nanomotor Ensembles

      Research, vol. 2020, Article ID 6380794, 11 pages, 2020.

      Fengtong Ji, Ben Wang, and Li Zhang

      Leukocyte Membrane-Coated Liquid Metal Nanoswimmers for Actively Targeted Delivery and Synergistic Chemophotothermal Therapy

      Research, vol. 2020, Article ID 3676954, 10 pages, 2020.

      Daolin Wang, Changyong Gao, Chang Zhou, Zhihua Lin, and Qiang He

      Magnetic Micromanipulation for In Vivo Measurement of Stiffness Heterogeneity and Anisotropy in the Mouse Mandibular Arch

      Research, vol. 2020, Article ID 7914074, 11 pages, 2020.

      Min Zhu, Kaiwen Zhang, Hirotaka Tao, Sevan Hopyan, and Yu Sun

      Magnetic Nanomotor-Based Maneuverable SERS Probe

      Research, vol. 2020, Article ID 7962024, 13 pages, 2020.

      Yong Wang, Yuhuan Liu, Yang Li, Dandan Xu, Xi Pan, Yuduo Chen, Dekai Zhou, Bo Wang, Huanhuan Feng, and Xing Ma

      Active Matter, Microreversibility, and Thermodynamics

      Research, vol. 2020, Article ID 9739231, 20 pages, 2020.

      Pierre Gaspard and Raymond Kapral

      Multigear Bubble Propulsion of Transient Micromotors

      Research, vol. 2020, Article ID 7823615, 9 pages, 2020.

      Amir Nourhani, Emil Karshalev, Fernando Soto, and Joseph Wang