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Acoustically driven microrobot outshines natural microswimmers
From left to right: Oncay Yasa, Dr. Amirreza Aghakhani and Dr. Metin Sitti

Acoustically driven microrobot outshines natural microswimmers

  • 03 February 2020
  • Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Stuttgart, Germany
  • Physical Intelligence

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart have designed and fabricated an untethered microrobot that can slip along either a flat or curved surface in a liquid when exposed to ultrasound waves. Its propulsion force is two to three orders of magnitude stronger than the propulsion force of natural microorganisms such as bacteria or algae. Additionally, it can transport cargo while swimming. The acoustically propelled robot hence has significant potential to revolutionize the future minimally invasive treatment of patients.


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pi Amirreza Aghakhani
Amirreza Aghakhani
Postdoctoral Researcher
Oncay Yasa
Oncay Yasa
Postdoctoral Researcher
Metin Sitti
Metin Sitti
Director
sg Linda Behringer
Linda Behringer
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