Structured light enables biomimetic swimming and versatile locomotion of photoresponsive soft microrobots.

  title={Structured light enables biomimetic swimming and versatile locomotion of photoresponsive soft microrobots.},
  author={Stefano Palagi and Andrew G. Mark and Shang Yik Reigh and Kai Melde and Tian Qiu and Hao Zeng and Camilla Parmeggiani and Daniele Martella and Alberto Sanchez-Castillo and Nadia Kapernaum and Frank Giesselmann and Diederik Sybolt Wiersma and Eric Lauga and Peer Fischer},
  journal={Nature materials},
  volume={15 6},
Microorganisms move in challenging environments by periodic changes in body shape. In contrast, current artificial microrobots cannot actively deform, exhibiting at best passive bending under external fields. Here, by taking advantage of the wireless, scalable and spatiotemporally selective capabilities that light allows, we show that soft microrobots consisting of photoactive liquid-crystal elastomers can be driven by structured monochromatic light to perform sophisticated biomimetic motions… 

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  • S. PalagiA. Mark P. Fischer
  • Materials Science, Engineering
    2017 International Conference on Manipulation, Automation and Robotics at Small Scales (MARSS)
  • 2017
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