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Issue 8, 2017
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Light-driven micro- and nanomotors for environmental remediation

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Synthetic micro- and nanomotors (MNMs) have emerged as a vibrant research field in multidisciplinary nanotechnology with proof-of-concept applications in various disciplines. In this tutorial review, an overview of the latest achievements towards light-driven MNMs is given and their propulsion mechanisms are introduced. The focus of the paper is on the autonomously propelled MNMs that exploit light-induced physical effects or chemical reactions. Light-induced body deformation, as a completely different, nature inspired concept that is found mostly in soft, polymeric MNMs, is also reviewed. In the end, a few applications of photocatalytic and light-driven MNMs for environmental remediation are presented and their potential is critically discussed.

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The article was received on 28 Apr 2017, accepted on 18 Jul 2017 and first published on 19 Jul 2017

Article type: Tutorial Review
DOI: 10.1039/C7EN00367F
Environ. Sci.: Nano, 2017,4, 1602-1616

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    Light-driven micro- and nanomotors for environmental remediation

    M. Safdar, J. Simmchen and J. Jänis, Environ. Sci.: Nano, 2017, 4, 1602
    DOI: 10.1039/C7EN00367F

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