Magnetic matchstick micromotors with switchable motion modes

Xiaoliang Zhang, Wenqing Xie, Huaguang Wang*, Zexin Zhang

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The ability toin situtune various motion modes of micromotors is challenging, yet critical for any practical applications of micromotors in complex microenvironments. Here, we designed and synthesized magnetic matchstick micromotors with two motion modes, a persistent rotational motion and a straight-line motion, that can be readily and reversibly switchedin situby an external magnetic field. Such micromotors with switchable motion modes hold considerable promise for local environment sensing and probing at the microscale.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3797-3800
Number of pages4
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number31
Publication statusPublished - 21 Apr 2021
Externally publishedYes


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