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Integrated Real-Time Control and Imaging System for Microbiorobotics and Nanobiostructures

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Technical Report,01 Aug 2013,31 Jul 2014

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Drexel University Philadelphia United States

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This project is to develop a novel integrated system module with digital light processing DLP and total internal reflection fluorescence microscopy TIRFM for scientific research and education in microbiorobotics for manipulation, and sensing, and biologically inspired metamaterials for nanoelectronics. The multi-functional capacity provided by an integrated DLP-TIRFM system will enable researchers and students to perform material imaging, manipulation, and property measurements with optical, electrical, mechanical, and thermal stimulation. Specific research projects include 1 feedback control of multiple bacteria-powered microrobots using DLP control modality,2 investigation and visualization of the hydrodynamic flagella coordination in the lubrication layer of bacteria, and 3 advanced imaging and characterization of flagellar polymorphic transitions of flagella forests and flagella-templated nanotubes. Demonstration of phototacticthermotactic control capabilities on microorganism-based robotics will have great impact on control systems theory and engineering. In addition, characterizing and understanding biological and synthetic micronanoscale structures is crucial in the continued push for micronanotechnologies while synthetic materials would combine biological properties with the ease of handling inorganic molecules.

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