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Man-made rotary nanomotors: a review of recent developments

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Abstract

The development of rotary nanomotors is an essential step towards intelligent nanomachines and nanorobots. In this article, we review the concept, design, working mechanisms, and applications of state-of-the-art rotary nanomotors made from synthetic nanoentities. The rotary nanomotors are categorized according to the energy sources employed to drive the rotary motion, including biochemical, optical, magnetic, and electric fields. The unique advantages and limitations for each type of rotary nanomachines are discussed. The advances of rotary nanomotors is pivotal for realizing dream nanomachines for myriad applications including microfluidics, biodiagnosis, nano-surgery, and biosubstance delivery.

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Submitted
09 Dec 2015
Accepted
05 Apr 2016
First published
08 Apr 2016

Nanoscale, 2016,8, 10471-10490
Article type
Review Article

Man-made rotary nanomotors: a review of recent developments

K. Kim, J. Guo, Z. X. Liang, F. Q. Zhu and D. L. Fan, Nanoscale, 2016, 8, 10471
DOI: 10.1039/C5NR08768F

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