SKM 2023 – wissenschaftliches Programm
DY 3.5: Vortrag
Montag, 27. März 2023, 10:45–11:00, TOE 317
Shape primed AC-electrophoretic microrobots — •Florian Katzmeier and Friedrich C. Simmel — Technical University of Munich, Munich, Germany
Second-order electrokinetic flow around colloidal particles caused by concentration polarization electro-osmosis can be utilized to controllably move asymmetric particle dimers in AC electrical fields. To demonstrate this actuation mechanism, we created particle dimers from micron-sized silica spheres with sizes 1.01 μm and 2.12 μm by connecting them with DNA linker molecules. The dimers can be steered along arbitrarily chosen paths within a 2D plane by controlling the direction of the AC electric field in a fluidic chamber with the joystick of a gamepad. Further utilizing induced dipole-dipole interactions, we demonstrate that particle dimers can be used to controllably pick up monomeric particles and release them at any desired position, and also to assemble several particles into groups. Systematic experiments exploring the dependence of the movement direction and velocity on buffer composition, frequency, and field strength further elucidate the underlying physical mechanism, and provide operational parameter ranges for our micro robotic swimmers which we termed 'SPACE-bots'.