A self-swimming microbial robot using microfabricated nanofibrous hydrogel

Kazuhiko Higashi, Norihisa Miki

研究成果: Article査読

14 被引用数 (Scopus)


Micro-robots are of extreme interest for a wide range of applications. Examples include therapeutic applications inside of a living body and automatic untethered systems which work in microfluidic devices. Recently, flagellated bacteria have been employed as microactuators for the micro-robots. Here, we introduce bacterial cellulose (BC) as an effective support carrier for immobilizing flagellated bacteria. Experimental study revealed that the superiority of BC over conventional MEMS materials in immobilization. Next, a new microfabrication technique for forming conical-shaped BC is proposed. This technique achieved the untethered microstructure of BC with a help of oxygen concentration gradient. Finally, we demonstrate motile bacteria were successfully immobilized onto the BC structure to form a microbial-robot, which swam in culture media at an average speed of 4.8 μm/s.

ジャーナルSensors and Actuators, B: Chemical
出版ステータスPublished - 2014 10 31

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 電子材料、光学材料、および磁性材料
  • 器械工学
  • 凝縮系物理学
  • 表面、皮膜および薄膜
  • 金属および合金
  • 電子工学および電気工学
  • 材料化学


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