Depolymerization-powered autonomous motors using biocompatible fuel

Hua Zhang, Wentao Duan, Lei Liu, Ayusman Sen

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Abstract

We report the design of autonomous motors powered by the rapid depolymerization reaction of poly(2-ethyl cyanoacrylate) (PECA), an FDA-approved polymer. Motors were fabricated in two different length scales, 3 cm and 300 μm. The motion of the motors is induced by self-generated surface tension gradients along their bodies. The motors are capable of moving in various media, including salt solutions and artificial serum.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15734-15737
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Volume135
Issue number42
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 31 2013

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Depolymerization
Surface Tension
Polymers
Salts
Serum
Surface tension
ethyl 2-cyanoacrylate

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry

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Zhang, Hua ; Duan, Wentao ; Liu, Lei ; Sen, Ayusman. / Depolymerization-powered autonomous motors using biocompatible fuel. In: Journal of the American Chemical Society. 2013 ; Vol. 135, No. 42. pp. 15734-15737.
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In: Journal of the American Chemical Society, Vol. 135, No. 42, 31.10.2013, p. 15734-15737.

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