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One-step fabrication of multifunctional micromotors

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Although artificial micromotors have undergone tremendous progress in recent years, their fabrication normally requires complex steps or expensive equipment. In this paper, we report a facile one-step method based on an emulsion solvent evaporation process to fabricate multifunctional micromotors. By simultaneously incorporating various components into an oil-in-water droplet, upon emulsification and solidification, a sphere-shaped, asymmetric, and multifunctional micromotor is formed. Some of the attractive functions of this model micromotor include autonomous movement in high ionic strength solution, remote control, enzymatic disassembly and sustained release. This one-step, versatile fabrication method can be easily scaled up and therefore may have great potential in mass production of multifunctional micromotors for a wide range of practical applications.

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The article was received on 31 May 2015, accepted on 12 Jul 2015 and first published on 17 Jul 2015

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C5NR03574K
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Citation: Nanoscale, 2015,7, 13918-13923

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    One-step fabrication of multifunctional micromotors

    W. Gao, M. Liu, L. Liu, H. Zhang, B. Dong and C. Y. Li, Nanoscale, 2015, 7, 13918
    DOI: 10.1039/C5NR03574K

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