Catalytic Motors-Quo Vadimus?

Krishna Kanti Dey, Flory Wong, Alicia Altemose, Ayusman Sen

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Self-propelled, active colloidal systems are of great current interest from both fundamental as well as practical standpoints, with potential applications in nanomachinery, nanoscale assembly, robotics, fluidics, and chemical/biochemical sensing. This perspective focuses on chemically powered catalytic nano- and micromotors. We review the major advances to date in motor design, propulsion mechanisms and directional control, and inter-motor communication leading to collective behavior. We conclude by discussing the next steps in going forward: the fundamental questions that remain to be addressed and new design principles required for useful applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4-13
Number of pages10
JournalCurrent Opinion in Colloid and Interface Science
StatePublished - Feb 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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