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Swarm robots - the future of drug delivery?

Designing new medical devices to mimic swarms of birds and insects for more effective drug delivery

Microscopic chemical robots are being designed that adopt the characteristics and communications techniques of swarms of birds and insects to deliver drugs in new ways within the human body.
These can be defined as porous, internally structured particles a few microns in diameter, covered by a porous membrane able to regulate molecular transport into and out of the robot’s interior that contains compartments carrying different kinds of molecules.
These compartments will facilitate a predefined set of chemical reactions – eg “neutralise” absorbed molecules or produce and release an active ingredient once the robot reaches its target destination. The robot’s surface will be designed so as to recognise specific substrates that may be biological. Many aspects of the structure and function of chemical robots are inspired by those of single-cellular organisms.


Dr Frantisek Stepanek | talks


Date and Time:

12 May 2011 at 7:00 pm


2 hours



Friends of Imperial College
Imperial College London
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