Scientists at French research institute CNRS have assembled thousands of nano-scale machines that are capable of producing coordinated movement similar to human muscles. Led by Professor Nicolas Giuseppone of the University of Strasbourg, the research validates a biomimetic theory that has, until now, remained at the conceptual stage, according to a press release (in French) published on science.gouv.fr. The breakthrough has applications in medical technology and robotics.
Giuseppone working in collaboration with a team from the CNRS Charles Sardon Institute in Paris synthesized long polymer chains incorporating thousands of the so-called nanomachines. The chain is able to contract or expand by about 10 micrometers, increasing the range of movement of the individual nanomachines by about 10,000 times.
The research has been published in Angewandte Chemie International Edition.Norbert Sparrow