Advanced Nanomaterials & Microrobotics Laboratory

Research Highlight

------ 2022 ------

Reconfigurable Magnetic Slime Robot: Deformation, Adaptability, and Multifunction, Advanced Functional Materials, 2022, accepted, DOI: 10.1002/adfm.202112508. [Link]

BBC Science: Researchers in Hong Kong create "soft robot" made of magnetic slime

BBC newsaround: Scientists have developed a magnetic slime robot!

New Scientist: Robot made of magnetic slime could grab objects inside your body

New Scientist: A robot made of magnetic slime could be deployed inside the body to perform tasks such as retrieving objects swallowed by accident.

The Guardian: 'Magnetic turd': scientists invent moving slime that could be used in human digestive systems

Bloomberg: This Slime Robot Could Operate in Your Body

CNN: What Are Soft Robots?

SCMP: Magnetic-slime robot created by Hong Kong researchers

BBC News 中文: 香港中文大学的研究人员发明了一种“软机器人”,由含有磁性颗粒的黏液制成,可以使用外部磁铁进行操控。

星島日報: 中大研發磁性機械人 變形「食鬼」取體內異物

HK01: 中大「史萊姆」鬼口水機械人 可進入人體取物 冀兩年內活體實驗

東方日報: 中大研微型機械人 游走人體狹小部位進行醫療程序

Real-Time Ultrasound Doppler Tracking and Autonomous Navigation of a Miniature Helical Robot for Accelerating Thrombolysis in Dynamic Blood Flow, ACS Nano, 2022, accepted, DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.1c07830. [Link]

New Scientist: Corkscrew-shaped robot swims through blood vessels to clear blockages



------ 2021 ------

Endoscopy-assisted magnetic navigation of biohybrid soft microrobots with rapid endoluminal delivery and imaging, Science Robotics, Vol. 6, Issue 52, eabd2813, 2021. [Link]

Nature Website: A healthier future with miniature robots

Nature Spotlight: Biomedical engineering in China

NowTV: 中大研發微型機械人 可深入膽管等狹窄位置

TVB: 中大研發微型醫療機械人 能深入狹窄腔道治消化道疾病

明報: 中大研微型機械人 可通過體內微細管道冀助微創治療

東方日報: 中大研微型生物機械人 深入治療消化道疾病

CUHK: CUHK Develops Biohybrid Soft Microrobots with a Rapid Endoluminal Delivery Strategy for Gastrointestinal (GI) Diseases


Ultrasound Doppler-guided real-time navigation of a magnetic microswarm for active endovascular delivery, Science Advances, Vol. 7, no. 9, eabe5914, 2021. [Link]

The Standard: New strategy to control and track micro robotic swarms: CUHK

東方日報: 中大成功在人體血管內定位微型機械人 盼用於微創手術

RTHK: 中大研發一款微型機械人 冀有助微創治療

CUHK: CUHK Research Team Enables Navigation and Localisation of Microrobotic Swarms in Blood Vessels Drive Forward Transformation towards Medical Applications


Environmentally Adaptive Shape-Morphing Microrobots for Localized Cancer Cell Treatment, ACS Nano, Vol. 15, Issue 11, 18048-18059, 2021. [Link]

American Chemical Society: Shape-morphing microrobots deliver drugs to cancer cells (video)



------ 2020 ------

An automated microrobotic platform for rapid detection of C. diff toxins, IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, Vol. 67, Issue 9, 1517-1527, 2020. (featured article) . [Link]

BioSpectrum: CUHK designs novel microrobotic diagnostic system for infectious pathogens

Lab and Life Scientist: Microrobotic detection system diagnoses infectious pathogens

BioWorld: CUHK develops rapid microrobotic diagnostic system for multiple pathogens

The Standard: Speedy Virus Detector on the way

東方日報: 微型機械人測病毒平快準 中大研發 冀擴應用至新冠

RTHK: 中大研發快速檢測傳染病系統 冀應用於新冠肺炎

CUHK: CUHK Develops Novel Microrobotic Diagnostic System to Accurately Diagnose Infectious Pathogens with Full Automation and Low Cost

CUHK: CUHK Receives Nine Awards in the International Exhibition of Inventions Geneva; The project QuickCAS: An easy-to-use analysis system for quick detection of infectious pathogens in clinical samples won the Bronze Medal



------ 2019 ------

Active generation and magnetic actuation of microrobotic swarms in bio-fluids, Nature Communications, Vol. 10, 5631, 2019. [Link]

CUHK CPR: In Your Blood or Guts, Microrobots will Swarm to Defend


Mimicking the structure and function of ant bridge in reconfigurable microswarm for electronic applications, ACS Nano, Vol. 13, Issue 5, 5999-6007, 2019. [Link]

SITN @ Harvard University: ‘Ant bridge’-inspired nanoparticle assembly fixes broken electrical circuits

C&EN: Swarming nanoparticles bridge gaps in electronic circuits

Chemistry World: Magnetite microswarm repairs circuit by mimicking bridge-building ants

CUHK: CUHK Engineers: Nano-robots Swarm Learn Collective Morphological Transformation on Animals with Huge Potential for Biomedical Applications


Real-time tracking of fluorescent magnetic spore–based microrobots for remote detection of C. diff toxins, Science Advances, Vol. 5, no. 1, eaau9650, 2019. [Link]

NowTV: 中大新研發微型機械人有望取代傳統化驗

明報: 微型機械人糞中「游走」 15分鐘驗菌 「難辨梭菌」感染個案增 助及早斷症

頭條日報: 中大研發微型機器人 15分鐘驗出難辨梭菌感染

CUHK: CUHK Develops Medical Micro-robots for Diagnosis Able to Detect Clostridium Difficile Bacterial Toxins in 15 Minutes

CUHK: CUHK Deepening Ties with World Leading Institutes for Transdisciplinary Medical Robotics Research to Reshape the Future of Diagnosis and Treatment



------ 2018 ------

Ultra-extensible ribbon-like magnetic microswarm, Nature Communications, Vol. 9, 3260, 2018. [Link]

Nature News: Making a microscopic swarm move through a maze

Nature video

Nature News and Comment Facebook page

CNN news: Hong Kong scientists develop new 'nano-swarm' robots

CNet: Nanobots can now swarm like fish to perform complex medical tasks

International Business Times: Shape-Changing Swarming Nanorobots Developed To Aid Complex Medical Surgeries

The Standard: CUHK 'transformer robot' offers hope for stroke patients

明報: 中大研變形納米機械人 粒子組成送藥大軍 盼助醫腦中風

東方日報: 中大研發 變形納米機械人 除中風血栓

星島日報: 中大研發 「變形納米機械人」 為缺血性中風患者攜帶藥物


Enhanced removal of toxic heavy metals using swarming biohybrid adsorbents, Advanced Functional Materials, Vol. 28, Issue 52, 1806340, 2018. [Link]

New Scientist: Microbots made from mushroom spores could clean polluted water

CUHK: The Chinese University of Hong Kong Holds 85th Congregation for the Conferment of Degrees



------ 2017 ------

Multifunctional biohybrid magnetite microrobots for imaging-guided therapy, Science Robotics, Vol. 2, Issue 12, eaaq1155, 2017. [Link]

Nature: Miniature medical robots step out from sci-fi

Science News: This robot made of algae can swim through your body—thanks to magnets

CUHK: CUHK Develops Multi-functional Biohybrid Microbot using Spirulina AlgaeCapable of In-vivo Tracking and with Programmable Biodegradability

CUHK: CUHK-DGIST-ETH Zurich Establish Joint Laboratory on Nano-technology for Gastrointestinal and Cardiovascular Diseases

CUHK: CUHK and ETH Zurich Forge an Alliance on Innovative Technologies for Gastrointestinal Diseases



------ 2013 ------

Fabrication and Characterization of Magnetic Microrobots for Three-dimensional Cell Culture and Targeted Transportation, Advanced Materials, Vol. 25, 5863-5868, 2013. [Link]

CUHK: CUHK Faculty of Engineering Innovates Magnetic Microrobots for Cells and Drugs Delivery in Human Body with Overseas Research Teams



------ 2012 ------

Selective Trapping and Manipulation of Microscale Objects Using Mobile Microvortices, Nano Letters, Vol. 12, 156-160, 2012. [Link]

Nature, Research Highlights, Nanotechnology - Swirls move tiny objects, Vol. 480, 294, 2011


Artificial Bacterial Flagella: Fabrication and Magnetic Control, Applied Physics Letters, Vol. 94, 064107, 2009. [Link]

Nature, News and Views, Miniature devices: Voyage of the microrobots, Vol. 458, 1121-1122, 2009



------ 2006 ------

Anomalous Coiling of SiGe/Si and SiGe/Si/Cr Helical Nanobelts, Nano Letters, Vol. 6, 1311-1317, 2006. [Link]

Science magazine. Editor's Choice: All Wound Up, Science, Vol. 312, 2006, 1719

Scinece, News Focus, “Pretty as You Please, Curling Films Turn Themselves Into Nanodevices”, Vol. 313. 164-165