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Light-Powered Micro/Nanomotors

Institute of Biomedical & Health Engineering, Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology (SIAT), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Shenzhen 518055, China
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Micromachines 2018, 9(2), 41; https://doi.org/10.3390/mi9020041
Received: 27 December 2017 / Revised: 17 January 2018 / Accepted: 18 January 2018 / Published: 23 January 2018
Designed micro/nanomotors are micro/nanoscale machines capable of autonomous motion in fluids, which have been emerging in recent decades owing to their great potential for biomedical and environmental applications. Among them, light-powered micro/nanomotors, in which motion is driven by light, exhibit various advantages in their precise motion manipulation and thereby a superior scope for application. This review summarizes recent advances in the design, manufacture and motion manipulation of different types of light-powered micro/nanomotors. Their structural features and motion performance are reviewed and compared. The challenges and opportunities of light-powered micro/nanomotors are also discussed. With rapidly increasing innovation, advanced, intelligent and multifunctional light-powered micro/nanomachines will certainly bring profound impacts and changes for human life in the future. View Full-Text
Keywords: micro/nanomotors; light-powered; manufacture; motion manipulation micro/nanomotors; light-powered; manufacture; motion manipulation
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Chen, H.; Zhao, Q.; Du, X. Light-Powered Micro/Nanomotors. Micromachines 2018, 9, 41.

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