Tissue cell assisted fabrication of tubular catalytic platinum microengines.

Nanoscale

PubMedID: 25143056

Wang H, Moo JG, Pumera M. Tissue cell assisted fabrication of tubular catalytic platinum microengines. Nanoscale. 2014;6(19):11359-63.
We report a facile platform for mass production of robust self-propelled tubular microengines. Tissue cells extracted from fruits of banana and apple, Musa acuminata and Malus domestica, are used as the support on which a thin platinum film is deposited by means of physical vapor deposition. Upon sonication of the cells/Pt-coated substrate in water, microscrolls of highly uniform sizes are spontaneously formed. Tubular microengines fabricated with the fruit cell assisted method exhibit a fast motion of ~100 bodylengths per s (~1 mm s(-1)). An extremely simple and affordable platform for mass production of the micromotors is crucial for the envisioned swarms of thousands and millions of autonomous micromotors performing biomedical and environmental remediation tasks.