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A fast and powerful swimming microrobot with a serrated tail enhanced propulsion interface

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Abstract

We demonstrate the use of a swimming microrobot with a serrated tail in the propulsion region to enhance reaction interfaces. A 3D printed tail with multiple catalytic channels and nanointerfaces could reinforce the microrobot, allowing it to reach swimming speeds of ∼1 mm s−1 and enabling it to transport objects with a weight 6500 times that of itself. This research represents a new concept in swimming microrobot design and is expected to benefit a wide range of engineering fields.

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The article was received on 16 Jun 2018, accepted on 23 Aug 2018 and first published on 28 Aug 2018


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C8NR04907F
Citation: Nanoscale, 2018, Advance Article
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    A fast and powerful swimming microrobot with a serrated tail enhanced propulsion interface

    D. Li, Y. Liu, Y. Yang and Y. Shen, Nanoscale, 2018, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C8NR04907F

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