A bio-inspired approach towards the development of soft amoeboid microrobots

Matteo Piovanelli, Toshinori Fujie, Barbara Mazzolai, Lucia Beccai

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Abstract

Innovative soft robots can be developed at the microscale by taking inspiration from the biophysical descriptions of amoeboids. In this study, we fabricated active hydrogels as possible structural and functional materials in order to achieve locomotion at the microscale. The prepared hydrogels cointain a moiety that exhibits color changes through the reversible redox of ruthenium complexes, driven by the Belousov-Zhabotinsky reaction. Such chemical oscillation in the hydrogel interact with the polymer matrix to cause mechanical ones, that can be exploited as means of actuation and possibly to obtain locomotion. Furthermore, in this study the self-oscillating hydrogels are compared with biological materials to validate their choice in the development of a self-propelled stimuli-responsive microrobot inspired by amoeboids.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the IEEE RAS and EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics
Pages612-616
Number of pages5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event2012 4th IEEE RAS and EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics, BioRob 2012 - Rome
Duration: 2012 Jun 242012 Jun 27

Other

Other2012 4th IEEE RAS and EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics, BioRob 2012
CityRome
Period12/6/2412/6/27

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

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    Piovanelli, M., Fujie, T., Mazzolai, B., & Beccai, L. (2012). A bio-inspired approach towards the development of soft amoeboid microrobots. In Proceedings of the IEEE RAS and EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics (pp. 612-616). [6290768] https://doi.org/10.1109/BioRob.2012.6290768