Active Soft Materials towards Bio-functional Nano-Robotics

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Nanorobotics has been envisioned for more than 50 years, and holds the potential to revolutionize manufacturing, biomedicine and many other fields. While many biomolecules function in a self-actuated, programed, and environmentally sensitive manner, fulfilling our definition of nanorobots, man-made components with similar capacity and at the same length scale are limited, let alone a complete scalable robotic system constructed from the bottom up. This thrust proposes to bring robotics to the micro- and nano-scale. This goal requires development of soft, active materials as specific components, based on organic molecules, droplets and particles, and integrating them into a comprehensive framework, for demonstration of canonical tasks and an accompanying modeling, motion planning, and optimization methodology.  

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