Microbiorobotics, 2nd Edition

Biologically Inspired Microscale Robotic Systems

Microbiorobotics, 2nd Edition,Minjun Kim,Julius Agung,U Kei Cheang,ISBN9780323429931
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World-class contributors investigate how challenges faced by robotics as it is taken to the micro-scale can be addressed by deploying techniques used by microorganisms, and by introducing biological elements to micro-engineering systems

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Key Features

  • Gives the reader an understanding of the fundamental changes in dynamics and fabrication techniques in the microenvironment
  • Offers a unique dual approach to microrobotics from the biological perspective, i.e. bioinspired engineering design and design of biological systems to accomplish engineering tasks
  • Microrobotics is an area that is acknowledged to have massive potential in applications from medicine to manufacturing. This book introduces an inter-disciplinary readership to the toolkit that micro-organisms offer to micro-engineering


Microbiorobotics is a new engineering discipline that takes a multidisciplinary approach to accomplish precise manipulation in microscale spaces.

Microorganisms have evolved various mechanisms to thrive in microscale environments and therefore are a useful tool to utilize 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; 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, and includes a new classification paradigm for microbiorobots.


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.

Minjun Kim

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

Julius Agung

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

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

Affiliations and Expertise

Drexel University

Microbiorobotics, 2nd Edition

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
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