Scientific Results

Light-Fueled Microscopic Walkers

Year: 2015

Authors: Zeng H., Wasylczyk P., Parmeggiani C., Martella D., Burresi M., Wiersma D.S.

Autors Affiliation: European Laboratory for Non Linear Spectroscopy (LENS) University of Florence, Sesto Firentino, Italy; Institute of Experimental Physics Faculty of Physics University of Warsaw Poland; Istituto Nazionale di Ottica (CNR-INO)Sesto Fiorentino, Italy; Dipartimento di Chimica “Ugo Schiff”, University of Florence, Sesto Fiorentino

Abstract: The first microscopic artificial walker equipped with liquid-crystalline elastomer muscle is reported. The walker is fabricated by direct laser writing, is smaller than any known living terrestrial creatures, and is capable of several autonomous locomotions on different surfaces.

Journal/Review: ADVANCED MATERIALS (WEINH., PRINT)

Volume: 27 (26)      Pages from: 3883  to: 3887

More Information: The research leading to these results has received funding from the IIT SEED project Microswim and the European Research Council under the European Union\’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013)/ERC Grant Agreement No. 291349 on photonic microrobotics. H.Z. was supported by the ICTP Ph.D. Program. The authors gratefully thank the entire Optics of Complex Systems group at LENS for feedback and discussions.
KeyWords: Biped locomotion; Crystalline materials; Elastomers, Artificial muscle; Autonomous locomotion; Direct laser writing; Liquid crystalline elastomers; Muscle
DOI: 10.1002/adma.201501446

Citations: 108
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