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Polymer Nanotechnology: the Quest for Motility

By A.J. Ryan


We ask the question "what will a realistic nanobot look like?". The answer is something like a bacterium (such as e. coli) or a sperm. Both of these have a propulsion mechanism (a flagellum), a capsule containing a chemical payload and a system of sensors to detect food or the target for the payload. It is be \ud soft and wet, just like biology, and to exemplify this we have built a series of biomimetic devices. Our progress in the development of responsive polymer-based molecular devices is be discussed with examples of \ud vesicles of controlled size, synthetic muscles & flagella, and microparticles fitted with a jetpack. When you are citing the document, use the following link

Topics: Motility, Polymer, Nanotechnology, Nanoscale
Publisher: Sumy State University
Year: 2012
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