Nanobots: Delayed ignition and propulsion of catalytic microrockets

The delayed ignition and propulsion of catalytic tubular microrockets based on fuel-induced chemical dealloying of an inner alloy layer is demonstrated.The versatile “blastoff” control of these chemical microrockets holds considerable promise for designing self-regulated chemically-powered nanomachines with a “built-in” activation mechanism for diverse tasks.

Chem. Commun., 2016,52, 11838-11841

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