Microrobots are microsystems engineered to locomote in biological environments and carry out microscale biomedical tasks such as biosensing and drug delivery. However, microrobot propulsion in biological media presents a challenge as the rheological properties differ from those of water. Funded by the European Research Council, the VIBEBOT project aims to develop microrobots that can actively propel themselves in viscoelastic materials. The idea is to endow these microdevices with vibrational technology that will allow them to penetrate soft tissues and reach in vivo targets more efficiently. Researchers will mimic the rheological properties of biological fluids in vitro and optimise the shape, surface, material and gait of microrobots to facilitate propulsion.
- HORIZON.1.1 - European Research Council (ERC) Main Programme
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Funding SchemeERC - Support for frontier research (ERC)
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