A microrobotic platform actuated by thermocapillary flows for manipulation at the air-water interface

  title={A microrobotic platform actuated by thermocapillary flows for manipulation at the air-water interface},
  author={Franco N. Pi{\~n}an Basualdo and Aude Bolopion and M. Gauthier and Pierre Lambert},
  journal={Science Robotics},
ThermoBot uses a laser-induced thermocapillary flow to manipulate floating micro-objects and assist self-assemblies. Future developments in micromanufacturing will require advances in micromanipulation tools. Several robotic micromanipulation methods have been developed to position micro-objects mostly in air and in liquids. The air-water interface is a third medium where objects can be manipulated, offering a good compromise between the two previously mentioned ones. Objects at the interface… 
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