Journal article

Cooperative Manipulation and Transport of Microobjects Using Multiple Helical Microcarriers

Manipulation and transport of microscale objects in 3D with high spatiotemporal resolution require precise control over the applied forces. We report a strategy that uses specially engineered microbars having engagement points and multiple helical microcarriers that can apply reversible loads onto these holders. The helical microcarriers are actuated by externally generated, low strength magnetic fields. By optimizing the design of helical structures for precise manipulation, we fabricated microcarriers that swim with little wobbling even at low rotating frequencies. The cooperation of microcarriers generates higher propulsive forces while application of forces at multiple locations results in motion control with multiple degrees of freedom (DOF). The microbar loaded with multiple microcarriers can be employed as a single mobile device for the realization of higher order manipulation tasks.


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