Synthetic microrobots or micromotors are known to show “intelligent” behavior such as magnetotaxis, phototaxis, chemotaxis, active detection, and chemical communication. Herein, we present the concept of micromotors laying “breadcrumbs”; that is, these micromachines can move/return to a home position without external guidance after their external energy input is stopped. As a demonstration, TiO2/Pt Janus micromotors that move forward with UV light can return back following the previous path when the UV light is turned off. Such autonomy of motion opens the door for truly independent applications of micromotors in the “deliver-and-return” fashion.
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Authors acknowledge A*STAR grant SERC A1783c0005 (Singapore) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (21474078 and 51521001). L.K. acknowledges the Scholarship Fund from China Scholarship Council. This work was supported by the project Advanced Functional Nanorobots (reg. No. CZ.02.1.01/0.0/0.0/15_003/0000444 financed by the EFRR) by Czech Republic.
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- Organic Chemistry