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Schaler, Ethan (University of Maryland, College Park), Tellers, Mary (University of Maryland), Gerratt, Aaron P. (University of Maryland, College Park), Penskiy, Ivan (University of Maryland, College Park), Bergbreiter, Sarah (University of Maryland, College Park)

Toward Fluidic Microrobots Using Electrowetting

Scheduled for presentation during the Invited Session "Results of ICRA 2011 Robot Challenge" (WeD07), Wednesday, May 16, 2012, 17:15−17:30, Meeting Room 7 (Remnicha)

2012 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, May 14-18, 2012, RiverCentre, Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA

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Keywords Micro/Nano Robots

Abstract

This paper describes the performance of a fluidic microrobot using Electrowetting on Dielectric (EWOD). A system to control the fluidic microrobot was designed, constructed and deployed in the NIST Mobile Microrobotics Challenge at ICRA 2011. The microrobots (0.1 M KCl and 550 μm diameter) demonstrated the ability to perform controlled maneuvers in 2-D while transporting hydrophilic objects. The EWOD system is composed of a DIP-mounted die produced via standard microfabrication techniques and containing the control electrodes / competition arena, and a transparent ITO cover slip for grounding. Key advantages of this platform include a scalable design for batch EWOD system fabrication, potential simultaneous control of multiple microrobots, and an easily portable, compact system design.

 

 

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