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UT Researchers Develop Nanomotors


UT researchers develop a motor smaller than a human cell that could help advance the delivery of medicine.

Mechanical engineering assistant professor Donglei "Emma" Fan along with three students at the Cockrell School of Engineering developed the world's smallest, fastest and longest-running tiny synthetic motor to date.

"I'm very proud of my students. I think they really did fantastic work," said Fan.

Fan says the nanomotor is an important step toward developing miniature machines that could one day move through the body to administer insulin for diabetics when needed, or target and treat cancer cells without harming good cells.

"I think people are now very interested in nanorobotics which potentially can do diagnosis and treatment inside people's bodies," said Fan.

This innovative device is capable of converting electrical energy into mechanical motion on a scale 500 times smaller than a grain of salt.

Read more about the nanomotor on the Cockrell School website.

By Deeda Payton

UT Researchers Develop Nanomotors

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