Microbiorobotics - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780323429931, 9780323430197


2nd Edition

Biologically Inspired Microscale Robotic Systems

Editors: Minjun Kim Anak Agung Julius U Kei Cheang
eBook ISBN: 9780323430197
Hardcover ISBN: 9780323429931
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 20th February 2017
Page Count: 290
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Table of Contents

A: Introduction
A.1: Why microbiorobotics
A.2: Motivation for microbiorobotics
A.3: Historical overview
B: Microorganisms in Motion at Low Reynolds Number
B.1: Bacterial Swarming
(Dr, Doug Weibel at the University of Wisconsin)
B.2: Bacterial Swimming
(Dr. Jeffrey Guasto at Tufts University and Dr. Roman Stocker at MIT)
B.3: Paramecium in Motion
(Dr. Sunghwan (Sunny Jung) at Virginia Tech)
B.4: C. elegans in Motion
(Dr. Paulo Arratia at the University of Pennsylvania)
C: Biological Microrobots
C.1: Control of Bacterobots
(Dr. Jongoh Park and Dr. Sukho Park at Chonnam National University)
C.2: Control of Magnetotatic Bacteria
(Dr. Sarthak Misra at the University of Twente)
C.3: Control of Artificial Magnetotactic Tetrahymena pyriformis
(Dr. Min Jun Kim at Drexel University and Dr. Agung Julius at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
C.4: Control of Bacteria-Powered Microrobots for Obstacle Avoidance
(Dr. Min Jun Kim at Drexel University and Dr. Agung Julius at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
C.5: Engineering Bacteria for Microrobots: a Synthetic Biology Perspective
(Dr. Cynthia Collins at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
D: Synthetic Microrobots
D.1: Control of Artificial Flagella
(Dr. Bradley Nelson at ETH Zurich)
D.2: Control of Microrobots in Viscoelastic Fluids
(Dr. Peer Fischer at Max Planck Institute for Intelligence Systems)
D.3: Control of Three Bead Achiral Robotic Microswimmers
(Dr. Min Jun Kim at Drexel University, Dr. Dejan Milutinovic at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and Dr. Jongeun Choi at Michigan State University)
D.4: Control of Magnetic Microrobots
(Dr. Metin Sitti at Carnegie Mellon University)
E: Perspectives and Outlook


Microbiorobotics: Biologically Inspired Microscale Robotic Systems, Second Edition presents information on a new engineering discipline that takes a multidisciplinary approach to accomplish precise manipulation of microscale spaces.

Microorganisms have evolved various mechanisms to thrive in microscale environments and are therefore a useful tool for use in many applications, ranging from micromanufacturing techniques, to cellular manipulation. In the context of microrobotics, biological microrobots can directly harness the microorganisms for propulsive and sensing power and synthetic microrobots can mimic the microorganisms’ motions for effective locomotion.

This second edition covers new advances and insights that have emerged in recent years. Several new chapters have been added on important new research areas, with existing chapters thoroughly revised. In particular, increased coverage is given to fluid dynamics of microswimmers in nature.

Key Features

  • Gives the reader an understanding of the fundamental changes in dynamics and fabrication techniques in the microenvironment
  • Offers a unique two-pronged approach to microrobotics from a biological perspective, i.e. bioinspired engineering design of biological systems to accomplish engineering tasks
  • Introduces an interdisciplinary readership to the toolkit that micro-organisms offer to micro-engineering


MEMS (Micro Electro-Mechanical Systems) engineers, Mechanical, biomedical and electrical engineers in corporate R&D groups and academia; robotics professionals; graduate students in disciplines listed


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About the Editors

Minjun Kim Editor

Dr MinJun Kim is presently an associate professor at Drexel University with a joint appointment in both the Department of Mechanical Engineering & Mechanics and the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science & Health System.. For the past several years, Dr. Kim has been exploring biological transport phenomena including cellular/molecular mechanics and engineering in novel nano/microscale architectures to produce new types of nanobiotechology, such as nanopore technology and nano/micro robotics. His notable awards include the National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2008), Drexel Career Development Award (2008), Human Frontier Science Program Young Investigator Award (2009), Army Research Office Young Investigator Award (2010), Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship (2011), KOFST Brain Pool Fellowship (2013), Bionic Engineering Outstanding Contribution Award (2013), Louis & Bessie Stein Fellowship (2014), ISBE Fellow (2014), and ASME Fellow (2014).

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate professor,Department of Mechanical Engineering & Mechanics and School of Biomedical Engineering, Science & Health Systems, Drexel University

Anak Agung Julius Editor

Dr. Anak Agung Julius is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is also a faculty member of the Rensselaer Center for Automation Technologies and Systems. His research interests lie in the intersection of systems and control theory, systems biology, and theoretical computer science

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Professor, Department of Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

U Kei Cheang Editor

U Kei Cheang works with under Min Jun Kim researching flagella integrated microbiorobots

Affiliations and Expertise

Drexel University