Special Issue "Nano and Micro Scale Fabrication for Molecular Cybernetics and Molecular Robotics"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Ibuki Kawamata
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Guest Editor
1. Department of Robotics, Graduate School of Engineering, Tohoku University, Sendai 980-8579, Japan
2. Natural Science Division, Faculty of Core Research, Ochanomizu University, Tokyo 112-8610, Japan
Interests: molecular robotics; DNA computing; DNA nanotechnology; DNA origami; molecular cybernetics
Dr. Yusuke Sato
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Guest Editor
Frontier Research Institute for Interdisciplinary Sciences, Tohoku University, Sendai 980-8579, Japan
Interests: molecular robotics; molecular cybernetics; DNA computing; structural DNA nanotechnology; artificial cell biotechnology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Molecular robotics and molecular cybernetics are interdisciplinary research fields that aim to construct autonomous molecular systems by integrating devices built at a molecular level. In those fields, biomolecules such as DNA, RNA, peptides, and lipids are commonly used as building blocks owing to their programmability, functionality, and integrability. Various molecular devices have been designed and proposed using nucleic acid nanotechnology, molecular programming, artificial cell biotechnology, and protein engineering. Many microfluidic or lab-on-a-chip experiments have been conducted for integrating molecular devices to be observed under microscopy. As these techniques have progressed, a variety of systems have been demonstrated in the past few decades, such as DNA nanostructures, DNA computing logic gates, functional compartments, membrane-spanning peptides, and microfluidic devices for producing/observing a large number of vesicles. However, there are still open questions on how to develop autonomous molecular machinery in molecular robotics and realize chemical artificial intelligence in molecular cybernetics. In this Special Issue, contributions on molecular robotics and molecular cybernetics are welcome in forms such as original research articles, short communications, and review articles.

Dr. Yusuke Sato
Dr. Ibuki Kawamata
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Nano- and micro-fabrication
  • DNA and RNA nanotechnology
  • DNA and RNA computing
  • Liposomes and vesicles
  • Protein and peptide engineering
  • Artificial cell biotechnology
  • Microfluidic device
  • Molecular cybernetics
  • Molecular robotics

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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