Special Issue "Micro/Nanorobots in Medicine"

A special issue of Micromachines (ISSN 2072-666X). This special issue belongs to the section "A:Physics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Daniel Ahmed
Guest Editor
Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering, Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems, ETH Zurich, 8092 Zurich, Switzerland
Interests: micro/nanorobotics; ultrasound based manipulation; microfluidics and lab-on-a-chip systems

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

During the past decade, interest in synthetic micro/nanorobotics has increased across various disciplines. The mechanism of propulsion at the microscale, where viscous forces are dominant compared to inertial effects, is distinct from the mechanism at the macroscale. The propulsion of micro/nanorobots is considered to be a fundamental challenge, since the commonly-held design paradigm is the use of nonreciprocal motion to achieve propulsion. Numerous propulsion mechanisms have been developed, but the lack of biocompatibility, low propulsion speed and forces, and poor navigation capabilities have limited their use in bio-applications. Although there is excitement concerning the possibility of using micro/nanorobotics as medical robots for in vivo treatments, research related to their use in biomedical applications has been very limited. This Special Issue will focus on resolving some of the major challenges that currently exist for micro/nanorobotics for their use in medicine.

We welcome original short communications, research, and review articles on the following topics:

  • New designs and propulsion strategies of micro/nanorobots;
  • New fabrication procedures of micro/nanorobots;
  • New strategy of delivering drugs using micro/nanorobots;
  • Investigation of biocompatibility of the micro/nanorobotic systems;
  • Study of micro/nanorobots in a physiologically relevant environment, for example, when exposed to an external flow or in a complex environment.

Prof. Dr. Daniel Ahmed
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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Published Papers

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