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Designing Microbots- Dr Panayiota Katsamba

Watson Building - Lecture Theatre A (R15 on campus map)
Wednesday 23 October 2019 (19:00-20:00)

Rachel Burgess, Outreach & Schools Liaison Officer

Designing Microbots

From the beginnings of human intellectual activity, scientists and philosophers have been captivated by the beauty hidden in the smallest scales. Technology has now reached the point where micro- and nano-manipulation are not as elusive as they sounded back in Feynman’s 1959 lecture “There's plenty of room at the bottom”. Engineering at the micro- or nanoscale includes challenges beyond the mere miniaturising process, primarily due to the very physics at these scales. One needs only to zoom down to micrometer resolution and consider something as simple as swimming of a bacterium to appreciate the substantially different physics. 

Drawing inspiration from microorganisms, several artificial microswimmer designs have been proposed.  A promising application of these microbots is in non-invasive medicine, for drug delivery to tumours or microsurgery.  But how are we to control these to wiggle through tortuous micrometre blood vessels?  In this talk, I will give you a guided tour of the anthology of microbots and the fluid mechanics principles that we take into account in their design process. 

The Birmingham Popular Maths Lecture series runs in the Watson Building (School of Mathematics) on the last Wednesday of each month, arriving from 6.30pm onwards for a 7pm start.

The Birmingham Popular Mathematics Lectures are open to all members of the public and the University who are interested in the study of Mathematics. They are particularly suitable for those studying Mathematics at A Level and we also welcome advanced GCSE students. Young people are welcome on their own, with parents or with a school group.

Registration is not required, though those travelling in a minibus should get in touch to confirm parking.

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