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Collective modes in three-dimensional magnonic vortex crystals

Hänze, M., Adolff, C. F., Schulte, B., Möller, J., Weigand, M., Meier, G.

{Scientific Reports}, 6, Nature Publishing Group, London, UK, 2016 (article)

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Spin wave mediated unidirectional vortex core reversal by two orthogonal monopolar field pulses: The essential role of three-dimensional magnetization dynamics

Noske, M., Stoll, H., Fähnle, M., Gangwar, A., Woltersdorf, G., Slavin, A., Weigand, M., Dieterle, G., Förster, J., Back, C. H., Schütz, G.

{Journal of Applied Physics}, 119(17), AIP Publishing, New York, NY, 2016 (article)

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Magnetic vortex cores as tunable spin-wave emitters

Wintz, S., Tiberkevich, V., Weigand, M., Raabe, J., Lindner, J., Erbe, A., Slavin, A., Fassbender, J.

{Nature Nanotechnology}, 11(11):948-953, Nature Publishing Group, London, 2016 (article)

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The usable capacity of porous materials for hydrogen storage

Schlichtenmayer, M., Hirscher, M.

{Applied Physics A}, 122(4), Springer-Verlag Heidelberg, Heidelberg, 2016 (article)

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Ferromagnetic behaviour of ZnO: the role of grain boundaries

Straumal, B. B., Protasova, S. G., Mazilkin, A. A., Goering, E., Schütz, G., Straumal, P. B., Baretzky, B.

{Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology}, 7, pages: 1936-1947, Beilstein-Institut, Frankfurt am Main, 2016 (article)

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Localized domain wall nucleation dynamics in asymmetric ferromagnetic rings revealed by direct time-resolved magnetic imaging

Richter, K., Krone, A., Mawass, M., Krüger, B., Weigand, M., Stoll, H., Schütz, G., Kläui, M.

{Physical Review B}, 94(2), American Physical Society, Woodbury, NY, 2016 (article)

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Observation of room-temperature magnetic skyrmions and their current-driven dynamics in ultrathin metallic ferromagnets

Woo, S., Litzius, K., Krüger, B., Im, M., Caretta, L., Richter, K., Mann, M., Krone, A., Reeve, R. M., Weigand, M., Agrawal, P., Lemesh, I., Mawass, M., Fischer, P., Kläui, M., Beach, G. S. D.

{Nature Materials}, 15(5):501-506, Nature Pub. Group, London, UK, 2016 (article)

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Step Timing Adjustement: a Step toward Generating Robust Gaits

Khadiv, M., Herzog, A., Moosavian, S. A. A., Righetti, L.

In 2016 IEEE-RAS 16th International Conference on Humanoid Robots (Humanoids), pages: 35-42, IEEE, Cancun, Mexico, 2016 (inproceedings)

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Step adjustment for humanoid robots has been shown to improve robustness in gaits. However, step duration adaptation is often neglected in control strategies. In this paper, we propose an approach that combines both step location and timing adjustment for generating robust gaits. In this approach, step location and step timing are decided, based on feedback from the current state of the robot. The proposed approach is comprised of two stages. In the first stage, the nominal step location and step duration for the next step or a previewed number of steps are specified. In this stage which is done at the start of each step, the main goal is to specify the best step length and step duration for a desired walking speed. The second stage deals with finding the best landing point and landing time of the swing foot at each control cycle. In this stage, stability of the gaits is preserved by specifying a desired offset between the swing foot landing point and the Divergent Component of Motion (DCM) at the end of current step. After specifying the landing point of the swing foot at a desired time, the swing foot trajectory is regenerated at each control cycle to realize desired landing properties. Simulation on different scenarios shows the robustness of the generated gaits from our proposed approach compared to the case where no timing adjustment is employed.

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Austauschgekoppelte Moden in magnetischen Vortexstrukturen

Dieterle, G.

Universität Stuttgart, Stuttgart, 2016 (phdthesis)

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Density matrix calculations for the ultrafast demagnetization after femtosecond laser pulses

Weng, Weikai

Universität Stuttgart, Stuttgart, 2016 (mastersthesis)

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Outlook and challenges for hydrogen storage in nanoporous materials

Broom, D. P., Webb, C. J., Hurst, K. E., Parilla, P. A., Gennett, T., Brown, C. M., Zacharia, R., Tylianakis, E., Klontzas, E., Froudakis, G. E., Steriotis, T. A., Trikalitis, P. N., Anton, D. L., Hardy, B., Tamburello, D., Corgnale, C., van Hassel, B. A., Cossement, D., Chahine, R., Hirscher, M.

{Applied Physics A}, 122(3), Springer-Verlag Heidelberg, Heidelberg, 2016 (article)

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Quantum sieving for separation of hydrogen isotopes using MOFs

Oh, H., Hirscher, M.

{European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry}, 2016(27):4278-4289, Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, Germany, 2016 (article)

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Direct patterning of vortex generators on a fiber tip using a focused ion beam

Vayalamkuzhi, P., Bhattacharya, S., Eigenthaler, U., Keskinbora, K., Salman, C. T., Hirscher, M., Spatz, J. P., Viswanathan, N. K.

{Optics Letters}, 41(10):2133-2136, Optical Society of America, Washington, 2016 (article)

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Two-body problem of core-region coupled magnetic vortex stacks

Hänze, M., Adolff, C. F., Velten, S., Weigand, M., Meier, G.

{Physical Review B}, 93(5), American Physical Society, Woodbury, NY, 2016 (article)

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Irreproducibility in hydrogen storage material research

Broom, D. P., Hirscher, M.

{Energy \& Environmental Science}, 9(11):3368-3380, Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, UK, 2016 (article)

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Effect of surface configurations on the room-temperature magnetism of pure ZnO

Chen, Y., Wang, Z., Leineweber, A., Baier, J., Tietze, T., Phillipp, F., Schütz, G., Goering, E.

{Journal of Materials Chemistry C}, 4(19):4166-4175, Royal Society of Chemistry, London, UK, 2016 (article)

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On the synthesis and microstructure analysis of high performance MnBi

Chen, Y., Sawatzki, S., Ener, S., Sepehri-Amin, H., Leineweber, A., Gregori, G., Qu, F., Muralidhar, S., Ohkubo, T., Hono, K., Gutfleisch, O., Kronmüller, H., Schütz, G., Goering, E.

{AIP Advances}, 6(12), 2016 (article)

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The role of individual defects on the magnetic screening of HTSC films

Ruoß, S., Stahl, C., Weigand, M., Zahn, P., Bayer, J., Schütz, G., Albrecht, J.

{New Journal of Physics}, 18(10), IOP Publishing, Bristol, 2016 (article)

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Magnetic switching of nanoscale antidot lattices

Wiedwald, U., Gräfe, J., Lebecki, K. M., Skripnik, M., Haering, F., Schütz, G., Ziemann, P., Goering, E., Nowak, U.

{Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology}, 7, pages: 733-750, Beilstein-Institut, Frankfurt am Main, 2016 (article)

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Hydrogen-based energy storage (IEA-HIA Task 32)

Buckley, C. E., Chen, P., van Hassel, B. A., Hirscher, M.

{Applied Physics A}, 122(2), Springer-Verlag Heidelberg, Heidelberg, 2016 (article)

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Local domain-wall velocity engineering via tailored potential landscapes in ferromagnetic rings

Richter, K., Krone, A., Mawass, M., Krüger, B., Weigand, M., Stoll, H., Schütz, G., Kläui, M.

{Physical Review Applied}, 5(2), American Physical Society, College Park, Md. [u.a.], 2016 (article)

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Geometric control of the magnetization reversal in antidot lattices with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy

Gräfe, J., Weigand, M., Träger, N., Schütz, G., Goering, E. J., Skripnik, M., Nowak, U., Haering, F., Ziemann, P., Wiedwald, U.

{Physical Review B}, 93(10), American Physical Society, Woodbury, NY, 2016 (article)

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Growth and characterizationof large weak topological insulator Bi2Tel single crystal by Bismuth self-flux method

Ryu, G., Son, K., Schütz, G.

{Journal of Crystal Growth}, 440, pages: 26-30, North-Holland, Amsterdam, 2016 (article)

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Additive interfacial chiral interaction in multilayers for stabilization of small individual skyrmions at room temperature

Moreau-Luchaire, C., Moutafis, C., Reyren, N., Sampaio, J., Vaz, C. A. F., Van Horne, N., Bouzehouane, K., Garcia, K., Deranlot, C., Warnicke, P., Wohlhüter, P., George, J.-M., Weigand, M., Raabe, J., Cros, V., Fert, A.

{Nature Nanotechnology}, 11(5):444-448, Nature Publishing Group, London, 2016 (article)

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Surface defect free growth of a spin dimer TlCuCl3 compound crystals and investigations on its optical and magnetic properties

Ryu, G., Son, K.

{Journal of Solid State Chemistry}, 237, pages: 358-363, Academic Press, Orlando, Fla., 2016 (article)

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Physical and mathematical justification of the numerical Brillouin zone integration of the Boltzmann rate equation by Gaussian smearing

Illg, C., Haag, M., Teeny, N., Wirth, J., Fähnle, M.

{Journal of Theoretical and Applied Physics}, 10(1):1-6, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, Tehran, 2016 (article)

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Helium und Hydrogen Isotope Adsorption and Separation in Metal-Organic Frameworks

Zaiser, Ingrid

Universität Stuttgart, Stuttgart (und Cuvillier Verlag, Göttingen), 2016 (phdthesis)

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Pinned orbital moments - A new contribution to magnetic anisotropy

Audehm, P., Schmidt, M., Brück, S., Tietze, T., Gräfe, J., Macke, S., Schütz, G., Goering, E.

{Scientific Reports}, 6, Nature Publishing Group, London, UK, 2016 (article)

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Comparative study of ALD SiO2 thin films for optical applications

Pfeiffer, K., Shestaeva, S., Bingel, A., Munzert, P., Ghazaryan, L., van Helvoirt, C., Kessels, W. M. M., Sanli, U. T., Grévent, C., Schütz, G., Putkonen, M., Buchanan, I., Jensen, L., Ristau, D., Tünnermann, A., Szeghalmi, A.

{Optical materials express}, 6(2):660-670, OSA, Washington, DC, 2016 (article)

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Combined first-order reversal curve and x-ray microscopy investigation of magnetization reversal mechanisms in hexagonal antidot lattices

Gräfe, J., Weigand, M., Stahl, C., Träger, N., Kopp, M., Schütz, G., Goering, E. J., Haering, F., Ziemann, P., Wiedwald, U.

{Physical Review B}, 93(1), American Physical Society, Woodbury, NY, 2016 (article)

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Switching probabilities of magnetic vortex core reversal studied by table top magneto optic Kerr microscopy

Dieterle, G., Gangwar, A., Gräfe, J., Noske, M., Förster, J., Woltersdorf, G., Stoll, H., Back, C. H., Schütz, G.

{Applied Physics Letters}, 108(2), American Institute of Physics, Melville, NY, 2016 (article)

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Ultrafast demagnetization after femtosecond laser pulses: Transfer of angular momentum from the electronic system to magnetoelastic spin-phonon modes

Tsatsoulis, T., Illg, C., Haag, M., Müller, B. Y., Zhang, L., Fähnle, M.

{Physical Review B}, 93(13), American Physical Society, Woodbury, NY, 2016 (article)

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Developments in the Ni-Nb-Zr amorphous alloy membranes

Sarker, S., Chandra, D., Hirscher, M., Dolan, M., Isheim, D., Wermer, J., Viano, D., Baricco, M., Udovic, T. J., Grant, D., Palumbo, O., Paolone, A., Cantelli, R.

{Applied Physics A}, 122(3), Springer-Verlag Heidelberg, Heidelberg, 2016 (article)

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Resistance to the transport of H2 through the external surface of as-made and modified silicalite-1 (MFI)

Kalantzopoulos, G. N., Policicchio, A., Maccallini, E., Krkljus, I., Ciuchi, F., Hirscher, M., Agostino, R. G., Golemme, G.

{Microporous and Mesoporous Materials}, 220, pages: 290-297, Elsevier, Amsterdam, 2016 (article)

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Observation of pseudopartial grain boundary wetting in the NdFeB-based alloy

Straumal, B. B., Mazilkin, A. A., Protasova, S. G., Schütz, G., Straumal, A. B., Baretzky, B.

{Journal of Materials Engineering and Performance}, 25(8):3303-3309, 2016 (article)

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Untethered Magnetic Micromanipulation
Untethered Magnetic Micromanipulation

Diller, E., Sitti, M.

In Micro-and Nanomanipulation Tools, 13, 10, Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, November 2015 (inbook)

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This chapter discusses the methods and state of the art in microscale manipulation in remote environments using untethered microrobotic devices. It focuses on manipulation at the size scale of tens to hundreds of microns, where small size leads to a dominance of microscale physical effects and challenges in fabrication and actuation. To motivate the challenges of operating at this size scale, the chapter includes coverage of the physical forces relevant to microrobot motion and manipulation below the millimeter-size scale. It then introduces the actuation methods commonly used in untethered manipulation schemes, with particular focus on magnetic actuation due to its wide use in the field. The chapter divides these manipulation techniques into two types: contact manipulation, which relies on direct pushing or grasping of objects for motion, and noncontact manipulation, which relies indirectly on induced fluid flow from the microrobot motion to move objects without any direct contact.

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Compliant wing design for a flapping wing micro air vehicle
Compliant wing design for a flapping wing micro air vehicle

Colmenares, D., Kania, R., Zhang, W., Sitti, M.

In Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 2015 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on, pages: 32-39, September 2015 (inproceedings)

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In this work, we examine several wing designs for a motor-driven, flapping-wing micro air vehicle capable of liftoff. The full system consists of two wings independently driven by geared pager motors that include a spring in parallel with the output shaft. The linear transmission allows for resonant operation, while control is achieved by direct drive of the wing angle. Wings used in previous work were chosen to be fully rigid for simplicity of modeling and fabrication. However, biological wings are highly flexible and other micro air vehicles have successfully utilized flexible wing structures for specialized tasks. The goal of our study is to determine if wing flexibility can be generally used to increase wing performance. Two approaches to lift improvement using flexible wings are explored, resonance of the wing cantilever structure and dynamic wing twisting. We design and test several wings that are compared using different figures of merit. A twisted design improved lift per power by 73.6% and maximum lift production by 53.2% compared to the original rigid design. Wing twist is then modeled in order to propose optimal wing twist profiles that can maximize either wing efficiency or lift production.

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Methods of forming dry adhesive structures
Methods of forming dry adhesive structures

Sitti, M., Murphy, M., Aksak, B.

September 2015, US Patent 9,120,953 (patent)

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Methods of forming dry adhesives including a method of making a dry adhesive including applying a liquid polymer to the second end of the stem, molding the liquid polymer on the stem in a mold, wherein the mold includes a recess having a cross-sectional area that is less than a cross-sectional area of the second end of the stem, curing the liquid polymer in the mold to form a tip at the second end of the stem, wherein the tip includes a second layer stem; corresponding to the recess in the mold, and removing the tip from the mold after the liquid polymer cures.

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Millimeter-scale magnetic swimmers using elastomeric undulations

Zhang, J., Diller, E.

In 2015 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), pages: 1706-1711, September 2015 (inproceedings)

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This paper presents a new soft-bodied millimeterscale swimmer actuated by rotating uniform magnetic fields. The proposed swimmer moves through internal undulatory deformations, resulting from a magnetization profile programmed into its body. To understand the motion of the swimmer, a mathematical model is developed to describe the general relationship between the deflection of a flexible strip and its magnetization profile. As a special case, the situation of the swimmer on the water surface is analyzed and predictions made by the model are experimentally verified. Experimental results show the controllability of the proposed swimmer under a computer vision-based closed-loop controller. The swimmers have nominal dimensions of 1.5×4.9×0.06 mm and a top speed of 50 mm/s (10 body lengths per second). Waypoint following and multiagent control are demonstrated for swimmers constrained at the air-water interface and underwater swimming is also shown, suggesting the promising potential of this type of swimmer in biomedical and microfluidic applications.

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Experimental investigation of optimal adhesion of mushroomlike elastomer microfibrillar adhesives
Experimental investigation of optimal adhesion of mushroomlike elastomer microfibrillar adhesives

Marvi, H., Song, S., Sitti, M.

Langmuir, 31(37):10119-10124, American Chemical Society, August 2015 (article)

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Optimal fiber designs for the maximal pull-off force have been indispensable for increasing the attachment performance of recently introduced gecko-inspired reversible micro/nanofibrillar adhesives. There are several theoretical studies on such optimal designs; however, due to the lack of three-dimensional (3D) fabrication techniques that can fabricate such optimal designs in 3D, there have not been many experimental investigations on this challenge. In this study, we benefitted from recent advances in two-photon lithography techniques to fabricate mushroomlike polyurethane elastomer fibers with different aspect ratios of tip to stalk diameter (β) and tip wedge angles (θ) to investigate the effect of these two parameters on the pull-off force. We found similar trends to those predicted theoretically. We found that β has an impact on the slope of the force-displacement curve while both β and θ play a role in the stress distribution and crack propagation. We found that these effects are coupled and the optimal set of parameters also depends on the fiber material. This is the first experimental verification of such optimal designs proposed for mushroomlike microfibers. This experimental approach could be used to evaluate a wide range of complex microstructured adhesive designs suggested in the literature and optimize them.

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Micro-fiber arrays with tip coating and transfer method for preparing same
Micro-fiber arrays with tip coating and transfer method for preparing same

Sitti, M., Washburn, N. R., Glass, P. S., Chung, H.

July 2015, US Patent 9,079,215 (patent)

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Present invention describes a patterned and coated micro- and nano-scale fibers elastomeric material for enhanced adhesion in wet or dry environments. A multi-step fabrication process including optical lithography, micromolding, polymer synthesis, dipping, stamping, and photopolymerization is described to produce uniform arrays of micron-scale fibers with mushroom-shaped tips coated with a thin layer of an intrinsically adhesive synthetic polymer, such as lightly crosslinked p(DMA-co-MEA).

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pH-taxis of biohybrid microsystems
pH-taxis of biohybrid microsystems

Zhuang, J., Carlsen, R. W., Sitti, M.

Scientific reports, 5, Nature Publishing Group, June 2015 (article)

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The last decade has seen an increasing number of studies developing bacteria and other cell-integrated biohybrid microsystems. However, the highly stochastic motion of these microsystems severely limits their potential use. Here, we present a method that exploits the pH sensing of flagellated bacteria to realize robust drift control of multi-bacteria propelled microrobots. Under three specifically configured pH gradients, we demonstrate that the microrobots exhibit both unidirectional and bidirectional pH-tactic behaviors, which are also observed in free-swimming bacteria. From trajectory analysis, we find that the swimming direction and speed biases are two major factors that contribute to their tactic drift motion. The motion analysis of microrobots also sheds light on the propulsion dynamics of the flagellated bacteria as bioactuators. It is expected that similar driving mechanisms are shared among pH-taxis, chemotaxis, and thermotaxis. By identifying the mechanism that drives the tactic behavior of bacteria-propelled microsystems, this study opens up an avenue towards improving the control of biohybrid microsystems. Furthermore, assuming that it is possible to tune the preferred pH of bioactuators by genetic engineering, these biohybrid microsystems could potentially be applied to sense the pH gradient induced by cancerous cells in stagnant fluids inside human body and realize targeted drug delivery.

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Fiberbot: A miniature crawling robot using a directional fibrillar pad
Fiberbot: A miniature crawling robot using a directional fibrillar pad

Han, Y., Marvi, H., Sitti, M.

In Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2015 IEEE International Conference on, pages: 3122-3127, May 2015 (inproceedings)

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Vibration-driven locomotion has been widely used for crawling robot studies. Such robots usually have a vibration motor as the actuator and a fibrillar structure for providing directional friction on the substrate. However, there has not been any studies about the effect of fiber structure on robot crawling performance. In this paper, we develop Fiberbot, a custom made mini vibration robot, for studying the effect of fiber angle on robot velocity, steering, and climbing performance. It is known that the friction force with and against fibers depends on the fiber angle. Thus, we first present a new fabrication method for making millimeter scale fibers at a wide range of angles. We then show that using 30° angle fibers that have the highest friction anisotropy (ratio of backward to forward friction force) among the other fibers we fabricated in this study, Fiberbot speed on glass increases to 13.8±0.4 cm/s (compared to ν = 0.6±0.1 cm/s using vertical fibers). We also demonstrate that the locomotion direction of Fiberbot depends on the tilting direction of fibers and we can steer the robot by rotating the fiber pad. Fiberbot could also climb on glass at inclinations of up to 10° when equipped with fibers of high friction anisotropy. We show that adding a rigid tail to the robot it can climb on glass at 25° inclines. Moreover, the robot is able to crawl on rough surfaces such as wood (ν = 10.0±0.2 cm/s using 30° fiber pad). Fiberbot, a low-cost vibration robot equipped with a custom-designed fiber pad with steering and climbing capabilities could be used for studies on collective behavior on a wide range of topographies as well as search and exploratory missions.

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Platform design and tethered flight of a motor-driven flapping-wing system
Platform design and tethered flight of a motor-driven flapping-wing system

Hines, L., Colmenares, D., Sitti, M.

In Robotics and Automation (ICRA), 2015 IEEE International Conference on, pages: 5838-5845, May 2015 (inproceedings)

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In this work, we examine two design modifications to a tethered motor-driven flapping-wing system. Previously, we had demonstrated a simple mechanism utilizing a linear transmission for resonant operation and direct drive of the wing flapping angle for control. The initial two-wing system had a weight of 2.7 grams and a maximum lift-to-weight ratio of 1.4. While capable of vertical takeoff, in open-loop flight it demonstrated instability and pitch oscillations at the wing flapping frequency, leading to flight times of only a few wing strokes. Here the effect of vertical wing offset as well as an alternative multi-wing layout is investigated and experimentally tested with newly constructed prototypes. With only a change in vertical wing offset, stable open-loop flight of the two-wing flapping system is shown to be theoretically possible, but difficult to achieve with our current design and operating parameters. Both of the new two and four-wing systems, however, prove capable of flying to the end of the tether, with the four-wing system prototype eliminating disruptive wing beat oscillations.

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Structural optimization for flexure-based parallel mechanisms--Towards achieving optimal dynamic and stiffness properties
Structural optimization for flexure-based parallel mechanisms–Towards achieving optimal dynamic and stiffness properties

Lum, G. Z., Teo, T. J., Yeo, S. H., Yang, G., Sitti, M.

Precision Engineering, 42, pages: 195-207, Elsevier, May 2015 (article)

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Flexure-based parallel mechanisms (FPMs) are a type of compliant mechanisms that consist of a rigid end-effector that is articulated by several parallel, flexible limbs (a.k.a. sub-chains). Existing design methods can enhance the FPMs’ dynamic and stiffness properties by conducting a size optimization on their sub-chains. A similar optimization process, however, was not performed for their sub-chains’ topology, and this may severely limit the benefits of a size optimization. Thus, this paper proposes to use a structural optimization approach to synthesize and optimize the topology, shape and size of the FPMs’ sub-chains. The benefits of this approach are demonstrated via the design and development of a planar X − Y − θz FPM. A prototype of this FPM was evaluated experimentally to have a large workspace of 1.2 mm × 1.2 mm × 6°, a fundamental natural frequency of 102 Hz, and stiffness ratios that are greater than 120. The achieved properties show significant improvement over existing 3-degrees-of-freedom compliant mechanisms that can deflect more than 0.5 mm and 0.5°. These compliant mechanisms typically have stiffness ratios that are less than 60 and a fundamental natural frequency that is less than 45 Hz.

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Controlled surface topography regulates collective 3D migration by epithelial--mesenchymal composite embryonic tissues
Controlled surface topography regulates collective 3D migration by epithelial–mesenchymal composite embryonic tissues

Song, J., Shawky, J. H., Kim, Y., Hazar, M., LeDuc, P. R., Sitti, M., Davidson, L. A.

Biomaterials, 58, pages: 1-9, Elsevier, April 2015 (article)

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Cells in tissues encounter a range of physical cues as they migrate. Probing single cell and collective migratory responses to physically defined three-dimensional (3D) microenvironments and the factors that modulate those responses are critical to understanding how tissue migration is regulated during development, regeneration, and cancer. One key physical factor that regulates cell migration is topography. Most studies on surface topography and cell mechanics have been carried out with single migratory cells, yet little is known about the spreading and motility response of 3D complex multi-cellular tissues to topographical cues. Here, we examine the response to complex topographical cues of microsurgically isolated tissue explants composed of epithelial and mesenchymal cell layers from naturally 3D organized embryos of the aquatic frog Xenopus laevis. We control topography using fabricated micropost arrays (MPAs) and investigate the collective 3D migration of these multi-cellular systems in these MPAs. We find that the topography regulates both collective and individual cell migration and that dense MPAs reduce but do not eliminate tissue spreading. By modulating cell size through the cell cycle inhibitor Mitomycin C or the spacing of the MPAs we uncover how 3D topographical cues disrupt collective cell migration. We find surface topography can direct both single cell motility and tissue spreading, altering tissue-scale processes that enable efficient conversion of single cell motility into collective movement.

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Transfer Printing of Metallic Microstructures on Adhesion-Promoting Hydrogel Substrates
Transfer Printing of Metallic Microstructures on Adhesion-Promoting Hydrogel Substrates

Wu, H., Sariola, V., Zhu, C., Zhao, J., Sitti, M., Bettinger, C. J.

Advanced Materials, 27(22):3398-3404, April 2015 (article)

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Fabrication schemes that integrate inorganic microstructures with hydrogel substrates are essential for advancing flexible electronics. A transfer printing process that is made possible through the design and synthesis of adhesion-promoting hydrogels as target substrates is reported. This fabrication technique may advance ultracompliant electronics by melding microfabricated structures with swollen hydrogel substrates.

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Dry adhesives and methods for making dry adhesives
Dry adhesives and methods for making dry adhesives

Sitti, M., Murphy, M., Aksak, B.

March 2015, US Patent App. 14/625,162 (patent)

Abstract
Dry adhesives and methods for forming dry adhesives. A method of forming a dry adhesive structure on a substrate, comprises: forming a template backing layer of energy sensitive material on the substrate; forming a template layer of energy sensitive material on the template backing layer; exposing the template layer to a predetermined pattern of energy; removing a portion of the template layer related to the predetermined pattern of energy, and leaving a template structure formed from energy sensitive material and connected to the substrate via the template backing layer.

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Biomedical applications of untethered mobile milli/microrobots
Biomedical applications of untethered mobile milli/microrobots

Sitti, M., Ceylan, H., Hu, W., Giltinan, J., Turan, M., Yim, S., Diller, E.

Proceedings of the IEEE, 103(2):205-224, IEEE, March 2015 (article)

Abstract
Untethered robots miniaturized to the length scale of millimeter and below attract growing attention for the prospect of transforming many aspects of health care and bioengineering. As the robot size goes down to the order of a single cell, previously inaccessible body sites would become available for high-resolution in situ and in vivo manipulations. This unprecedented direct access would enable an extensive range of minimally invasive medical operations. Here, we provide a comprehensive review of the current advances in biomedical untethered mobile milli/microrobots. We put a special emphasis on the potential impacts of biomedical microrobots in the near future. Finally, we discuss the existing challenges and emerging concepts associated with designing such a miniaturized robot for operation inside a biological environment for biomedical applications.

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DOI [BibTex]

DOI [BibTex]