Miniaturized components dominating future healthcare infrastructure
Shifting healthcare from the hospital to bio-integrated systems, which is an urgent need when the medical resources are limited, requires new interfaces that can conformally accommodate biological motions, accurately elucidate the spatial and temporal dynamics of biochemical signals in real time, and precisely deliver treatment based on the information matrix on demand. Our research addresses these challenges by integrating knowledges from new materials, advanced fabrication, and analytical chemistry to build an ecosystem consisting of soft, small, and smart sensors and robots that can operate within living systems for precision diagnosis and treatment.
Micro & nanoscale robots
"Small machines might be permanently incorporated in the body to assist some inadequately-functioning organ." Richard Feynman
Micro/Nanorobots for Biomedicine: Delivery, Surgery, Sensing, and Detoxification Science Robotics 2017
Biomimetic Platelet‐Camouflaged Nanorobots for Binding and Isolation of Biological Threats Adv. Mater. 2018
Micromotor-Enabled Active Drug Delivery for In Vivo Treatment of Stomach Infection. Nature Commun. 2017
Enteric Micromotor Can Selectively Position and Spontaneously Propel in the Gastrointestinal Tract ACS Nano 2016
"Nature uses soft materials frequently and stiff materials sparingly." Steven Vogel
Electronic Skins and Machine Learning for Intelligent Soft Robots Science Robotics 2020
J. Li, V. Mottini, Z. Bao et al, A Transformation Intelligence Elastomer (TIE) Soft Robot. under review.
Biosensors and neuroelectronics
"Children are not little adults - they need medicine sensitive to the changes in their biology as they grow." Stanford Medical School
Morphing Electronics for Growing Tissue Nature Biotechnology 2020.