Enhancing the speed and efficiency of photocatalytic microbots
Microrobots have enormous potential for applications in medicine, healthcare, manufacturing or even search and rescue in collapsed buildings. They turn energy from the surroundings or an external stimulus into motion, performing delicate tasks in very small spaces. Light-driven motion in photocatalytic robots offers the potential to use a renewable energy source while enabling new chemical reactions. However, far from reaching the speed of light, the robots’ motion can be confused with the ordinary Brownian motion of particles. With the support of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions programme, the PLOBOT project will enhance the speed and efficiency of light-driven microbots by harnessing electromagnetic effects for hydrogen generation and degradation of organic waste.
Fields of science
- HORIZON.1.2 - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Main Programme