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Shape-Controlled Fabrication of the Polymer-Based Micromotor Based on the Polydimethylsiloxane Template
journal contributionposted on 2015-11-03, 00:00 authored by Miaoda Su, Mei Liu, Limei Liu, Yunyu Sun, Mingtong Li, Dalei Wang, Hui Zhang, Bin Dong
We report the utilization of the polydimethylsiloxane template to construct polymer-based autonomous micromotors with various structures. Solid or hollow micromotors, which consist of polycaprolactone and platinum nanoparticles, can be obtained with controllable sizes and shapes. The resulting micromotor can not only be self-propelled in solution based on the bubble propulsion mechanism in the presence of the hydrogen peroxide fuel, but also exhibit structure-dependent motion behavior. In addition, the micromotors can exhibit various functions, ranging from fluorescence, magnetic control to cargo transportation. Since the current method can be extended to a variety of organic and inorganic materials, we thus believe it may have great potential in the fabrication of different functional micromotors for diverse applications.