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Motion on the microscale: synthetic and sperm-driven microrobots

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  • UserVeronika Magdanz, TU Dresden
  • ClockThursday 13 December 2018, 13:00-14:00
  • HouseWatson LTB.

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Creating and controlling microrobots that are smart and autonomous is one of the fascinating goals of current nanotechnology. This research field is nourished from expertise in engineering as well as math, physics, chemistry and biology. Often, it finds its inspiration in nature. This talk will illustrate how reversible shape change can be used for control and propulsion of synthetic microrobots. Further on, I will present how sperm cells can be harnessed as power sources for microrobots. This is a promising diagnostic tool specifically in reproductive biology, where one of the main questions is:”How do sperm cells get to the egg?”. I will describe how sperm-microstructure constructs can be used to equip sperm cells for their journey through the reproductive tract and also to give insight on sperm surface properties. As a side note, kinetic, metabolic and morphological studies on migrated bull sperm give insight on what it might take to get to the egg.

This talk is part of the Applied Mathematics Seminar Series series.

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