Time：9:00-9:30 Dec. 21
Magnetic Swimming Microrobots for Biosensing and Targeted Delivery
Assoc. Prof. Li Zhang
The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China
Li Zhang is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Automation Engi- neering at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). He received the Ph.D. degree from the Uni- versity of Basel, Basel, Switzerland, in 2007. And then, he joined the Institute of Robotics and Intelligent Systems, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich, Switzerland as a postdoctoral fellow until 2009, and as a senior scientist from 2009 to 2012. He joined CUHK as an Assistant Professor in 2012.
His main research interests include micro-/nanorobots and their biomedical applications. He won the Hong Kong Research Grants Committee (RGC), Early Career Award in 2013, and CUHK Young Re- search Award 2017. Dr. Zhang is a senior member of IEEE, who has won several awards from IEEE international conferences. Since 2004 he has authored and co-authored over 160 papers, including Sci- ence Robotics, Nature Communications, Science Advances, as the corresponding author.
People have envisioned tiny machines and robots that can explore the human body, find and treat diseases since Richard Feynman’ s famous speech, “There's plenty of room at the bottom,” in which the idea of a “swallowable surgeon” was proposed in the 1950s. Even though we are at a state of infancy to achieve this vision, recent intense progress on nanotechnology, MEMS/NEMS technology and micro-/nanorobotics has accelerated the pace toward the goal. A number of research efforts have been recently published regarding the development of tiny swimming machines/robots from the basic princi- ples and fabrication methods to practical applications.
I will present the recent research progress in my lab on using magnetic swimming microrobots for bio- sensing and targeted delivery [1-6], from the design, manufacturing, functionalization and remote con- trol, to perspective of using these small agents for biomedical applications in vitro and in vivo.