Advanced Nanomaterials & Microrobotics Laboratory


Welcome to ANML

The Advanced Nanomaterials and Microrobotics Laboratory (ANML) is dedicated to an interdisciplinary research programme that bridges micro-/nanotechnology and functional materials with MEMS and robotics technology at small scales. The primary research objectives of the Laboratory range from development of functional nanomaterials to intelligent micro-/nanoscale machines and robotic systems for biomedical, energy storage and environmental applications. The motivation of our research is to develop enabling materials, tools and systems, and technologies for the sustainable society and a better life.

Recent Highlights

June 23, 2020: Article entitled "Reversible swelling and shrinking of paramagnetic nanoparticle swarm in biofluids with high ionic strength" has received 2020 IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics (TMECH) Best Paper Award Finalist. Congratulations to Jiangfan Yu and Prof. Zhang!

May 7, 2020: Prof. Zhang has been appointed as an Associate Editor for the top-tier robotics journal IEEE Transactions on Robotics (T-RO). The position will commence on July 1, 2020.

Mar. 9, 2020: Prof. Zhang is appointed by IEEE NTC as a distinguished lecturer for 2020. Congratulations!

Oct. 26, 2019: Dr. Ben Wang's paper, entitled "Bubble-assisted three-dimensional ensemble of nanomotors for improved catalytic performance" has been highlighted as the front cover of iScience. Congratulations to Ben and co-authors!

Oct. 21, 2019: The research work of our group has been highlighted by C&EN. Congratulations to Jiangfan Yu and co-authors!

July 20, 2019: Article entitled "Ultra-extensible ribbon-like magnetic microswarm" is in the Top 50 most read Nature Communication physics articles published in 2018 (rank 8th). Congratulations to Jiangfan Yu and co-authors!

May 9, 2019: Dongdong Jin and Jiangfan Yu's paper, entitled "Mimicking the structure and function of ant bridge in reconfigurable microswarm for electronic applications" has been published in ACS Nano and highlighted by SITN @ Harvard University, C&EN and Chemistry World. Congratulations to Dongdong, Jiangfan and co-authors!,,

Jan. 12, 2019: Paper entitled "Real-time tracking of fluorescent magnetic spore–based microrobots for remote detection of C. diff toxins" has been published in Science Advances. Congratulations to Yabin Zhang and co-authors!

Dec. 3, 2018: Prof. Zhang's presentation, entitled "Magnetic Colloidal Microswarm for Targeted Delivery" in the symposium GI02: "Materials for Next-Generation Robotics", has been highlighted by the 2018 Materials Research Society (MRS) Fall Meeting & Exhibit held in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, on Nov. 25-30, 2018.

Nov. 22, 2018: Dr. Yabin Zhang's paper, entitled "Enhanced removal of toxic heavy metals using swarming biohybrid adsorbents", which was published in Advanced Functional Materials, has been highlighted by New Scientists (online and in the magazine). Congratulations!

Jul. 27, 2018:Congratulations to Jiangfan Yu for his successful PhD thesis defenses and the acceptance of his work in Nature Communications! This work has also been highlighted in Nature video:

Mar. 28, 2018: Our paper entitled "Multifunctional biohybrid magnetite microrobots for imaging-guided therapy" published in Science Robotics has been highlighted in the Hong Kong Research Grant Council (RGC) YouTube channel:

Mar. 1, 2018: Dr. Zhang joins the Editorial Board of IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L) as Associate Editor.

Dec. 1, 2017: The workshop, entitled "30 Years of Small-Scale Robotics: from Nano-, to Millimeter-Sized Robotic Systems and Applications", is accepted for the 2018 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA2018), to be held in Brisbane, Australia, on May 21-25, 2018. Congratulations to the organizers (Prof. Igor Paprotny, Prof. Eric Diller, Prof. Aaron Ohta and Prof. Li Zhang)!

Nov. 23, 2017: Paper entitled "Multifunctional biohybrid magnetite microrobots for imaging-guided therapy" has been published in Science Robotics (DOI: 10.1126/scirobotics.aaq1155). Congratulations to Xiaohui Yan and co-authors! The work is also highlighted in Science News (AAAS).

Apr. 5, 2017: Paper entitled "On-demand Disassembly of Paramagnetic Nanoparticle Chains for Microrobotic Cargo Delivery" has been accepted in IEEE Transactions on Robotics. Congratulations to Jeff Yu and co-authors!

Apr. 5, 2017: Dr. Zhang Li serves for The 2017 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2017) as an Associate Editor.

Jan. 16, 2017: Dr. Zhang Li serves for the 17th IEEE International Conference on Nanotechnology (IEEE NANO 2017, Pittsburgh, USA, July 25-28, 2017) as a Program Co-Chair.

Jan. 5, 2017: Our paper by Q. Zhou et al. was highlighted in Advanced Functional Materials as the front cover in its first issue of 2017.

Nov. 21, 2016: Mr. Vong Chi-ian (M. Phil. student) won the second award in the China College Students Entrepreneurship Competition in 2016. Congratulations!

Oct. 13, 2016: Mr. Wang Shijie and Mr. Liu Wai-shing won the Merit Award in the competition with the FYP project "Activated Carbon Derived from Flesh of Fruits for Electric Double-Layer Capacitors", and "Development of a microrobotic platform for biomanipulation", respectively. Congratulations!

Sept. 16, 2016: Dr. Zhang Li serves for the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2017) as an Associate Editor.

Aug. 12, 2016: Dr. Zhang Li joins the Editorial Board of Journal of Micro-Bio Robotics (Springer) as Associate Editor.

Jul. 26, 2016: Congratulations to Yan Xiaohui and Wong Wing-sze for their successful PhD thesis defenses!

Jul. 4, 2016: Mr. Vong Chi-ian (M. Phil. student) and Mr. Liu Wai-shing (undergraduate student) have won the Second Class Award in the Hong Kong University Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition 2016 with their project regarding magnetic actuation setup. They are also invited to join the "Challenge Cup" National Competition in Nov. 2016 which will be held in Chengdu, Sichuan. Congratulations!

May 3, 2016: The Workshop on "Microrobots for next generation biomedical applications" has been accepted for The 2016 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2016), Oct. 9-14, 2016, Daejeon, Korea. Organizers: Prof. Hongsoo Choi (DGIST), Prof. Brad Nelson (ETHZ) and Prof. Li Zhang (CUHK).

Mar. 3, 2016: Mr. Wang Shijie, the FYP student, won the prestigious UGC Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS) 2016/17. He will join our group next semester for pursuing his PhD. Congratulations!


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