Chemotaxis of catalytic silica–manganese oxide “matchstick” particles†
Particles that can undergo directed self-propulsion are desirable for colloidal cargo delivery and self-assembly. Herein we describe the synthesis of silica–manganese oxide “matchstick” colloids that undergo catalytic self-propulsion by consumption of hydrogen peroxide. Chemotaxis is observed when particles are placed in a fuel gradient. Movement opposes convective flow which is tracked by following inert polymer microspheres simultaneously.