Original research

3D-microdevice for minimally invasive surgery

A tiny robot that gets into the human body through the simple medical injection and, passing healthy organs, finds and treats directly the goal – a non-operable tumor… Doesn’t it sound at least like science-fiction? To make it real, we are now working towards this direction with the prospect of transforming many aspects of healthcare and bioengineering in the nearest future. What makes it not so easy are unique challenges pertaining to design, fabrication and encoding functionality in producing functional microdevices.

To this end, we developed a new printable approach to provide the microscopic devices with sophisticated functionalities. Realizing this technique enabled us to develop world’s first printed self-powered microscopic swimmer.

Reference to the original article: Ceylan and Yasa et al. Advanced Materials, 2017.