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Efficient bubble propulsion of polymer-based microengines in real-life environments

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Abstract

Template-electrodeposited polymer/Pt microtube engines display efficient propulsion in a wide range of real-life samples ranging from seawater to human serum. Remarkably high speeds are observed in fuel-enhanced raw serum, apple juice, seawater, lake and river water samples. Our results indicate that polymer-based microengines hold considerable promise for diverse practical applications and that real samples exert different effects upon propulsion of different bubble-propelled microtube engines.

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The article was received on 25 Jun 2013, accepted on 23 Jul 2013 and first published on 30 Jul 2013


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C3NR03254J
Citation: Nanoscale, 2013,5, 8909-8914
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    Efficient bubble propulsion of polymer-based microengines in real-life environments

    W. Gao, S. Sattayasamitsathit, J. Orozco and J. Wang, Nanoscale, 2013, 5, 8909
    DOI: 10.1039/C3NR03254J

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