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Issue 19, 2013

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.

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

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Submitted
25 Jun 2013
Accepted
23 Jul 2013
First published
30 Jul 2013

Nanoscale, 2013,5, 8909-8914
Article type
Communication

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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