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robotic instruments - Motion of Heavy Particles on a Submerged Chladni Plate

Motion of Heavy Particles on a Submerged Chladni Plate,
K. Latifi, H. Wijaya, and Q. Zhou*, Physical Review Letters, vol. 122, no. 18, May 2019.

Heavy particles are traditionally believed to gather at the nodes of a resonating plate, forming standard Chladni patterns. Here, for the first time, we experimentally show that heavy particles, i.e., sub-mm particles, can move towards the antinodes of a resonating plate. (...)

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robotic instruments - Automatic Noncontact Extraction and Independent Manipulation of Magnetic Particles Using Electromagnetic Needle

Automatic Noncontact Extraction and Independent Manipulation of Magnetic Particles Using Electromagnetic Needle,
J.-A. Seon, Z. Cenev, and Q. Zhou*, IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 931–941, Apr. 2020.

Selective and independent manipulation of microparticles is important for a wide range of applications. Compared to other physical principles, magnetic field is promising due to its ability to penetrate most materials and affect only magnetic objects. (...)

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robotic instruments - Mapping microscale wetting variations on biological and synthetic water-repellent surfaces

Mapping microscale wetting variations on biological and synthetic water-repellent surfaces,
V. Liimatainen, M. Vuckovac, V. Jokinen, V. Sariola, M. Hokkanen, Q. Zhou*, R.H.A. Ras*, Nature Commununications, vol. 8, no. 1, Nov. 2017.

Droplets slip and bounce on superhydrophobic surfaces, enabling remarkable functions in biology and technology. These surfaces often contain microscopic irregularities in surface texture and chemical composition, which may affect or even govern macroscopic wetting phenomena. (...)

go to publication (Nature Communications)

robotic instruments - Manipulating Superparamagnetic Microparticles with an Electromagnetic Needle

Manipulating Superparamagnetic Microparticles with an Electromagnetic Needle,
Z. Cenev, H. Zhang, V. Sariola, A. Rahikkala, D. Liu, H. A Santos*, Q. Zhou*, Advanced Materials Technologies, vol. 3, no. 1, p. 1700177, Oct. 2017.

Selective, precise, and high‐throughput manipulation of individual superparamagnetic microparticles has profound applications in performing location‐tailored in vitro biomedical studies. (...)

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robotic instruments - Controlling the motion of multiple objects on a Chladni plate

Controlling the motion of multiple objects on a Chladni plate,
Q. Zhou*, V. Sariola, K. Latifi, and V. Liimatainen, Nature Commununications, vol. 7, no. 1, Sep. 2016.

The origin of the idea of moving objects by acoustic vibration can be traced back to 1787, when Ernst Chladni reported the first detailed studies on the aggregation of sand onto nodal lines of a vibrating plate. (...)

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robotic instruments - Maskless, High‐Precision, Persistent, and Extreme Wetting‐Contrast Patterning in an Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope

Maskless, High-Precision, Persistent, and Extreme Wetting-Contrast Patterning in an Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope,
V. Liimatainen, A. Shah, L.-S. Johansson, N. Houbenov, and Q. Zhou*, Small, vol. 12, no. 14, pp. 1847–1853, Feb. 2016.

A maskless and programmable direct electron beam writing method is reported for making high‐precision superhydrophilic–superhydrophobic wetting patterns with 152° contact angle contrast using an environmental scanning electron microscope (ESEM). (...)

go to publication (Micro and Nano: No Small Matter)

robotic instruments - Sliding droplets on hydrophilic/superhydrophobic patterned surfaces for liquid deposition

Sliding droplets on hydrophilic/superhydrophobic patterned surfaces for liquid deposition,
B. Chang, Q. Zhou, R. H. A. Ras, A. Shah, Z. Wu, and K. Hjort, Applied Physics Letters, vol. 108, no. 15, p. 154102, Apr. 2016.

A facile gravity-induced sliding droplets method is reported for deposition of nanoliter sized droplets on hydrophilic / superhydrophobic patterned surface. The deposition process is parallel where multiple different liquids can be deposited simultaneously. (...)

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robotic instruments - Self-transport and self-alignment of microchips using microscopic rain

Self-transport and self-alignment of microchips using microscopic rain,
B. Chang, A. Shah, Q. Zhou, R. H. A. Ras, and K. Hjort, Scientific Reports, vol. 5, no. 1, Oct. 2015.

Alignment of microchips with receptors is an important process step in the construction of integrated micro- and nanosystems for emerging technologies and facilitating alignment by spontaneous self-assembly processes is highly desired. (...)

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robotic instruments - Controlling Liquid Spreading Using Microfabricated Undercut Edges

Controlling Liquid Spreading Using Microfabricated Undercut Edges,
V. Liimatainen, V. Sariola, and Q. Zhou*, Advanced Materials, vol. 25, no. 16, pp. 2275–2278, Mar. 2013.

A purely topographical method for controlling liquid spreading by using easy‐to‐fabricate undercut edges is reported. By periodic repetition of such edges, it is shown that multiple droplets can be patterned in well‐controlled shapes, and highly anisotropic wetting can also be achieved at a large scale. (...)

go to publication (Advanced Materials)

robotic instruments - Hybrid Microassembly Combining Robotics and Water Droplet Self-Alignment

Hybrid Microassembly Combining Robotics and Water Droplet Self-Alignment,
V. Sariola, M. Jääskeläinen, and Q. Zhou, IEEE Transactions on Robotics, vol. 26, no. 6, pp. 965–977, Dec. 2010.

This paper reports an in-depth study of a hybrid microassembly technique that combines a robotic micromanipulator and a water droplet self-alignment, which greatly improves the performance of robotic microassembly. (...)

go to publication (IEEE Transactions on Robotics)

Up-to-date publication's portfolio

In-flight wind field identification and prediction of parafoil systems

Haitao Gao, Jin Tao, Matthias Dehmer, Frank Emmert-Streib, Qinglin Sun, Zengqiang Chen, Guangming Xie, Quan Zhou 2020 Applied Sciences (Switzerland)

Voltage Flicker Detection Based on Probability Resampling

Haitao Gao, Peng Xu, Jin Tao, Shihui Huang, Rugang Wang, Quan Zhou 2020 Energies

Model-Free Control for Dynamic-Field Acoustic Manipulation Using Reinforcement Learning

Kourosh Latifi, Artur Kopitca, Quan Zhou 2020 IEEE Access

Design of robust superhydrophobic surfaces

Dehui Wang, Qiangqiang Sun, M.J. Hokkanen, Chenglin Zhang, Fan-Yen Lin, Qiang Liu, Shun-Peng Zhu, Tianfeng Zhou, Qing Chang, Bo He, Quan Zhou, Longquan Chen, Zuankai Wang, Robin Ras, Xu Deng 2020 Nature

Distributed Event-Triggered Circular Formation Control for Multiple Anonymous Mobile Robots With Order Preservation and Obstacle Avoidance

Peng Xu, Wenxiang Li, Jin Tao, Matthias Dehmer, Frank Emmert-Streib, Guangming Xie, Minyi Xu, Quan Zhou 2020 IEEE Access

Distributed Self-triggered Circular Formation Control for Multi-robot Systems

Peng Xu, Xinyu Wang, Jin Tao, Guangming Xie, Minyi Xu, Quan Zhou 2020 Proceedings of the 39th Chinese Control Conference, CCC 2020

Observer-based event-triggered circle formation control for first- And second-order multiagent systems

Peng Xu, Guangming Xie, Jin Tao, Minyi Xu, Quan Zhou 2020 Complexity

Tunable and Magnetic Thiol-ene Micropillar Arrays

Anas Al-Azawi, Zoran Cenev, Topi Tupasela, Bo Peng, Olli Ikkala, Quan Zhou, Ville Jokinen, Sami Franssila, Robin Ras 2020 Macromolecular Rapid Communications
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