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Call for Papers

Micro/nanorobotics are capable of converting various energy into motion by fuels from their surrounding media or by harnessing power from external energy sources such as light, ultrasound, electrical or magnetic fields, or combinations of these. Recently significant advances have been made in the development of micro/nanomachines that can locate, pick up, and deposit payloads and autonomously accumulate in response to chemical signals. They have potential to revolutionize many fields, such as biosensing, advanced manufacturing, high precision manipulation, material characterization, biological cell manipulation, drug delivery, microsurgeries, and environmental remediation. Micro/nanorobotics have been regarded as an essential technology for basic research and industrial applications. Till now, both the fundamental theories and the practical applications of micro/nanorobotics have received increasing interest; however, there is still a long way to practical applications. This special issue aims to showcase review or rigorous original papers describing current and expected challenges, along with potential solutions.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Novel design, fabrication, and propulsion mechanisms for micro/nanorobotics
  • Novel control theories for micro/nanorobotics
  • Novel sensing technologies for micro/nanorobotics
  • Novel applications of micro/nanomachines in advanced manufacturing, high precision manipulation, and industry
  • Novel applications of micro/nanorobotics in basic material and biological research
  • Swarm control of micro/nanorobotics and their applications

Authors can submit their manuscripts through the Manuscript Tracking System at

Submission DeadlineFriday, 30 March 2018
Publication DateAugust 2018

Papers are published upon acceptance, regardless of the Special Issue publication date.

Lead Guest Editor

Guest Editors

  • Fulong Zhu, Huazhong University of Science & Technology, Wuhan, China
  • Andrew Petruska, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, USA
  • Tao Yue, University of California, Irvine, USA
  • Roel Pieters, Tampere University of Technology, Tampere, Finland