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Self-Propelled Micromotors for Cleaning Polluted Watter

Soler, L., Magdanz, V., Fomin, V. M., Sanchez, S., Schmidt, O. G.

ACS Nano, 11, pages: 9611-9620, American Chemical Society, Washington, DC, 2013 (article)

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We describe the use of catalytically self-propelled microjets (dubbed micromotors) for degrading organic pollutants in water via the Fenton oxidation process. The tubular micromotors are composed of rolled-up functional nanomembranes consisting of Fe/Pt bilayers. The micromotors contain double functionality within their architecture, i.e., the inner Pt for the self-propulsion and the outer Fe for the in situ generation of ferrous ions boosting the remediation of contaminated water.The degradation of organic pollutants takes place in the presence of hydrogen peroxide, which acts as a reagent for the Fenton reaction and as main fuel to propel the micromotors. Factors influencing the efficiency of the Fenton oxidation process, including thickness of the Fe layer, pH, and concentration of hydrogen peroxide, are investigated. The ability of these catalytically self-propelled micromotors to improve intermixing in liquids results in the removal of organic pollutants ca. 12 times faster than when the Fenton oxidation process is carried out without catalytically active micromotors. The enhanced reaction\textendashdiffusion provided by micromotors has been theoretically modeled. The synergy between the internal and external functionalities of the micromotors, without the need of further functionalization, results into an enhanced degradation of nonbiodegradable and dangerous organic pollutants at small-scale environments and holds considerable promise for the remediation of contaminated water.

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Stability of thin liquid films and sessile droplets under confinement

Dörfler, F., Rauscher, M., Dietrich, S.

Physical Review E, 88(1), American Physical Society, Melville, NY, 2013 (article)

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Nonequilibrium interfaces in colloidal fluids

Bier, M., Arnold, D.

Physical Review E, 88(6), American Physical Society, Melville, NY, 2013 (article)

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Colloidal particles at fluid interfaces: Effective interactions, dynamics and a gravitation\textendashlike instability

Bleibel, J., Dom\’\inguez, A., Oettel, M.

The European Physical Journal Special Topics, 222(11):3071-3087, 2013 (article)

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Anomalous transport in the crowded world of biological cells

Höfling, Felix, Franosch, Thomas

Reports on Progress in Physics, 76(4), IOP Pub., London, 2013, author: Höfling, Felix (article)

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Flow pattern in the vicinity of self-propelling hot Janus particles

Bickel, T., Majee, A., Würger, A.

Physical Review E, 88(1), American Physical Society, Melville, NY, 2013 (article)

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Nonequilibrium Critical Casimir Effect in Binary Fluids

Furukawa, A., Gambassi, A., Dietrich, S., Tanaka, H.

Physical Review Letters, 111(5), American Physical Society, Woodbury, N.Y., 2013 (article)

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Many-body effects for critical Casimir forces

Gomes de Mattos, T., Harnau, L., Dietrich, S.

The Journal of Chemical Physics, 138(7), 2013 (article)

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Propulsion Mechanism of Catalytic Microjet Engines

Magdanz, V., Fomin, V. M., Soler, L., Sanchez, S., Schmidt, O. G., Hippler, M.

IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation, pages: 40-48, IEEE, New York, NY, 2013 (article)

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Impedance spectroscopy of ions at liquid-liquid interfaces

Bier, M., Reindl, A.

Physical Review E, 88(5), American Physical Society, Melville, NY, 2013 (article)

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Precursors of order in aggregates of patchy particles

Vasilyev, O., Klumov, B. A., Tkachenko, A. V.

Physical Review E, 88(1), American Physical Society, Melville, NY, 2013 (article)

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Two-temperature Langevin dynamics in a parabolic potential

Dotsenko, V., Maciolek, Anna, Vasilyev, O., Oshanin, G.

Physical Review E, 87(6), American Physical Society, Melville, NY, 2013 (article)

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Critical Casimir forces between homogeneous and chemically striped surfaces

Parisen Toldin, F., Tröndle, M., Dietrich, S.

Physical Review E, 88, American Physical Society, Melville, NY, 2013 (article)

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Comparison between theory and simulations for the magnetization and the susceptibility of polydisperse ferrofluids

Szalai, I., Nagy, S., Dietrich, S.

Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, 25(46), IOP Pub., Bristol, UK, 2013 (article)

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Thermal activation of catalytic microjets in blood samples using microfluidic chips.

Soler, L., Mart\’\inez-Cisneros, C., Swiersy, A., Sanchez, S., Schmidt, O. G.

Lab on a Chip, 13, pages: 4299-4303, 2013 (article)

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Nematic liquid crystal boojums with handles on colloidal handlebodies

Liu, Q. K., Senyuk, B., Tasinkevych, M., Smalyukh, I. I.

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 110(23):9231-9236, National Academy of Sciences, 2013 (article)

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Critical Casimir torques and forces acting on needles in two spatial dimensions

Vasilyev, Oleg, Eisenriegler, E., Dietrich, Siegfried

Physical Review E, 88(1), American Physical Society, Melville, NY, 2013 (article)

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Critical Casimir forces along the isofields

Zubaszewska, M., Maciolek, A., Drzewinski, A.

Physical Review E, 88(5), American Physical Society, Melville, NY, 2013 (article)

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Surface states and the Casimir interaction in the Ising model

Abraham, D. B., Maciolek, A.

Europhysics letters, 101(2), Editrice Compositori., Bologna, 2013 (article)

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Crystallization, structural diversity, and anisotropy effects in 2D arrays of icosahedral viruses

Fukuto, M., Nguyen, Q. L., Vasilyev, O., Mank, N., Washington-Huges, C. L., Kuzmenko, I., Checco, A., Mao, Y., Wang, Q., Yang, L.

Soft Matter, 9(40):9633-9642, Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, UK, 2013 (article)

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Dynamic arrest in model porous media-intermediate scattering functions

Spanner, Markus, Schnyder, Simon K., Höfling, Felix, Voigtmann, Thomas, Franosch, Thomas

Soft Matter, 9(5):1604-1611, Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, UK, 2013 (article)

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Linear response relations in fluctuational electrodynamics

Golyk, V. A., Krüger, Matthias, Kardar, M.

Physical Review B, 88(15), American Physical Society, Woodbury, NY, 2013 (article)

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Ideal Polyethylene Nanocrystals

Osichov, A., Rabe, C., Vogtt, K., Narayanan, T., Harnau, Ludger, Drechsler, M., Ballauff, M.

Journal of the American Chemical Society, 135(31):11645-11650, American Chemical Society, 2013 (article)

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Self-Assembly of Two-Dimensional Colloidal Clusters by Tuning the Hydrophobicity, Composition, and Packing Geometry

Law, A. D., Auriol, M., Smith, D., Horozov, T. S., Buzza, D. M. A.

Physical Review Letters, 110, American Physical Society., Woodbury, N.Y., etc., 2013 (article)

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Geometry-Induced Superdiffusion in Driven Crowded Systems

Bénichou, O., Bodrova, A., Chakraborty, D., Illien, P., Law, A. D., Mej\’\ia-Monasterio, C., Oshanin, G., Voituriez, R.

Physical Review Letters, 111(26), American Physical Society, Woodbury, N.Y., 2013 (article)

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Overshoots in stress-strain curves: Colloid experiments and schematic mode coupling theory

Amann, Christian P, Siebenbürger, Miriam, Krüger, Matthias, Weysser, Fabian, Ballauff, Matthias, Fuchs, Matthias

Journal of Rheology, 57, pages: 149-175, 2013 (article)

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Wetting in electrolyte solutions

Ibagon, Ingrid, Bier, Markus, Dietrich, Siegfried

The Journal of Chemical Physics, 138(21), American Institute of Physics, Woodbury, N.Y., 2013 (article)

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Two-dimensional magnetic micro-module reconfigurations based on inter-modular interactions

Miyashita, S., Diller, E., Sitti, M.

The International Journal of Robotics Research, 32(5):591-613, SAGE Publications Sage UK: London, England, 2013 (article)

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Contact compliance effects in the frictional response of bioinspired fibrillar adhesives

Piccardo, M., Chateauminois, A., Fretigny, C., Pugno, N. M., Sitti, M.

Journal of The Royal Society Interface, 10(83):20130182, The Royal Society, 2013 (article)

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Co-chairs

VINCENT, Julian, ZHU, Di, DAI, Zhendong, CHEN, Da, JIANG, Lei, KANG, Le, REN, Luquan, XUE, Qunji, Zhao, Chunsheng, BARNES, Jon, others

2013 (article)

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Topological Control of Cell Sheet Migration by the 3D Microenvironment

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

Biophysical Journal, 104(2):147a, Elsevier, 2013 (article)

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Independent control of multiple magnetic microrobots in three dimensions

Diller, E., Giltinan, J., Sitti, M.

The International Journal of Robotics Research, 32(5):614-631, SAGE Publications Sage UK: London, England, 2013 (article)

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Modular micro-robotic assembly through magnetic actuation and thermal bonding

Diller, E., Zhang, N., Sitti, M.

Journal of Micro-Bio Robotics, 8(3-4):121-131, Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2013 (article)

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A simulation and design tool for a passive rotation flapping wing mechanism

Arabagi, V., Hines, L., Sitti, M.

IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, 18(2):787-798, 2013 (article)

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GECKO-INSPIRED POLYMER ADHESIVES

Menguc, Yigit, Metin, Metin

Polymer Adhesion, Friction, and Lubrication, pages: 351, Wiley, 2013 (article)

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Near and far-wall effects on the three-dimensional motion of bacteria-driven microbeads

Edwards, M. R., Wright Carlsen, R., Sitti, M.

Applied Physics Letters, 102(14):143701, AIP, 2013 (article)

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Magnetically Actuated Soft Capsule With the Multimodal Drug Release Function

Yim, S., Goyal, K., Sitti, M.

IEEE/ASME Trans. on Mechatronics, 18(4):1413-1418, IEEE, 2013 (article)

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Optimal distribution of contact forces with inverse-dynamics control

Righetti, L., Buchli, J., Mistry, M., Kalakrishnan, M., Schaal, S.

The International Journal of Robotics Research, 32(3):280-298, March 2013 (article)

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The development of legged robots for complex environments requires controllers that guarantee both high tracking performance and compliance with the environment. More specifically the control of the contact interaction with the environment is of crucial importance to ensure stable, robust and safe motions. In this contribution we develop an inverse-dynamics controller for floating-base robots under contact constraints that can minimize any combination of linear and quadratic costs in the contact constraints and the commands. Our main result is the exact analytical derivation of the controller. Such a result is particularly relevant for legged robots as it allows us to use torque redundancy to directly optimize contact interactions. For example, given a desired locomotion behavior, we can guarantee the minimization of contact forces to reduce slipping on difficult terrains while ensuring high tracking performance of the desired motion. The main advantages of the controller are its simplicity, computational efficiency and robustness to model inaccuracies. We present detailed experimental results on simulated humanoid and quadruped robots as well as a real quadruped robot. The experiments demonstrate that the controller can greatly improve the robustness of locomotion of the robots.1

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Tank-like module-based climbing robot using passive compliant joints

Seo, T., Sitti, M.

IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, 18(1):397-408, 2013 (article)

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Enhanced fabrication and characterization of gecko-inspired mushroom-tipped microfiber adhesives

Song, J., Mengüç, Y., Sitti, M.

Journal of Adhesion Science and Technology, 27(17):1921-1932, Routledge, 2013 (article)

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Micro-scale mobile robotics

Diller, E., Sitti, M.

Foundations and Trends in Robotics, 2(3):143-259, Now Publishers Incorporated, 2013 (article)

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Survey and Introduction to the Focused Section on Bio-Inspired Mechatronics

Sitti, M., Menciassi, A., Ijspeert, A., Low, K. H., Kim, S.

Mechatronics, IEEE/ASME Transactions on, 18(2):409-418, DOI: 10.1109/TMECH.2012. 2233492, 2013 (article)

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Controlled Reduction with Unactuated Cyclic Variables: Application to 3D Bipedal Walking with Passive Yaw Rotation

Gregg, R., Righetti, L.

IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, 58(10):2679-2685, October 2013 (article)

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This technical note shows that viscous damping can shape momentum conservation laws in a manner that stabilizes yaw rotation and enables steering for underactuated 3D walking. We first show that unactuated cyclic variables can be controlled by passively shaped conservation laws given a stabilizing controller in the actuated coordinates. We then exploit this result to realize controlled geometric reduction with multiple unactuated cyclic variables. We apply this underactuated control strategy to a five-link 3D biped to produce exponentially stable straight-ahead walking and steering in the presence of passive yawing.

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Collective dynamics of colloids at fluid interfaces

Bleibel, J., Dominguez, A., Oettel, M., Dietrich, S.

European Physical Journal E, 34(11), 2011 (article)

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Anomalous transport of a tracer on percolating clusters

Spanner, M., Höfling, F., Schröder-Turk, G. E., Mecke, K., Franosch, T.

Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, 23(23), 2011 (article)

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Dynamics of colloids in confined geometries

Almenar, L., Rauscher, M.

Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, 23(18), 2011 (article)

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The structure and melting transition of two-dimensional colloidal alloys

Law, A. D., Horozov, T. S., Buzza, D. M. A.

Soft Matter, 7(19):8923-8931, 2011 (article)

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Second harmonic light scattering from spherical polyelectrolyte brushes

Schürer, B., Hoffmann, M., Wunderlich, S., Harnau, L., Peschel, U., Ballauff, M., Peukert, W.

Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 115, pages: 18302-18309, 2011 (article)

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Solvation forces in Ising films with long-range boundary fields: density-matrix renormalization-group study

Drzewinski, A., Maciolek, A., Barasinski, A.

Molecular Physics, 109(7-10):1133-1141, 2011 (article)

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