Micro/nanoscale magnetic robots for biomedical applications

Mustaphis Koleoso, Xue Feng, Yuxiang Xue, Quan Li, Tasnim Munshi, Xianfeng Chen

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Abstract / Description of output

Magnetic small-scale robots are devices of great potential for the biomedical field because of the several benefits of this method of actuation. Recent work on the development of these devices has seen tremendous innovation and refinement toward ​improved performance for potential clinical applications. This review briefly details recent advancements in small-scale robots used for biomedical applications, covering their design, fabrication, applications, and demonstration of ability, and identifies the gap in studies and the difficulties that have persisted in the optimization of the use of these devices. In addition, alternative biomedical applications are also suggested for some of the technologies that show potential for other functions. This study concludes that although the field of small-scale robot research is highly innovative ​there is need for more concerted efforts to improve functionality and reliability of these devices particularly in clinical applications. Finally, further suggestions are made toward ​the achievement of commercialization for these devices.
Original languageEnglish
Article number100085
JournalMaterials Today Bio
Early online date30 Oct 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 30 Oct 2020

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Micro/nanorobots
  • magnetic actuation
  • biomedical applications
  • Cargo delivery
  • Clinical availability


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