Special Issue "Robotic Micromanipulation"

A special issue of Micromachines (ISSN 2072-666X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 August 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Michael Gauthier

FEMTO-ST Institute, AS2M Department, Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté, Université de Franche-Comté/CNRS/ENSMM, Besançon, France
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Interests: dexterous microhandling; contact based manipulation; microrobotic; non contact actuation; untethered microrobots
Guest Editor
Dr. Aude Bolopion

FEMTO-ST Institute, AS2M Department, Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté, Université de Franche-Comté/CNRS/ENSMM, Besançon, France
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Interests: non contact actuation; microrobotics; untethered microrobots; magnetic actuation; dielectrophoresis; laser based manipulation; lab on chips

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The ability to displace, orientate, fabricate, and characterize micrometer scale objects has become increasingly important, with applications ranging from the electronic industry to the biomedical domain. Two major approaches are currently investigated: contact-based and non contact-based manipulation. They both face similar issues: increasing the dexterity of tools while minimizing their size, increasing the velocity and the reliability of manipulation and improving the comprehension of physics at a small scale. In this Special Issue, we aim to highlight some of the recent developments that will pave the way towards more efficient micromanipulation. We invite research papers, reviews, and shorter communications that focus on tethered or untethered microrobotic systems for the manipulation, fabrication, or characterization of micrometer-sized objects. Topics of particular interest include, but are not limited to, modeling, design, fabrication, path planning and control of microrobots, as well as characterization at small scales.

Dr. Michael Gauthier
Dr. Aude Bolopion
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Contact and non contact micromanipulation
  • Microrobotics
  • Untethered robots
  • Microgrippers
  • Position and force sensing at small scales
  • Modeling and design of microrobots
  • Control and path planning for micromanipulation

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Research

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Two-Dimensional Manipulation in Mid-Air Using a Single Transducer Acoustic Levitator
Micromachines 2019, 10(4), 257; https://doi.org/10.3390/mi10040257
Received: 21 March 2019 / Revised: 12 April 2019 / Accepted: 17 April 2019 / Published: 18 April 2019
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Abstract
We report a single transducer acoustic levitator capable of manipulating objects in two-dimensions. The levitator consists of a centrally actuated vibrating plate and a flat reflector. We show that the levitation position of the object depends not only on the vibration frequency, but [...] Read more.
We report a single transducer acoustic levitator capable of manipulating objects in two-dimensions. The levitator consists of a centrally actuated vibrating plate and a flat reflector. We show that the levitation position of the object depends not only on the vibration frequency, but also on the tilting angle between the plate and the reflector. Additionally, new levitation positions can be created by actuating the plate with a composite signal of two frequencies using frequency switching. Based on recorded levitation positions, such single transducer acoustic levitator can manipulate a cluster of levitated microspheres in predefined trajectories, with mean position error of 155 ± 84 µm. Full article
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