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First published 20 July 2015

Simulating self-replicating, chemically immersed, microchip swarms

Uwe Tangen, Harold Fellermann, and Steen Rasmussen

Abstract (Excerpt)

Silicon microchips of size 100x100 μm2 with active electronic sensing and actuation reacting in a chemical environment is the vision of the research project, see figure 1a. These chips, called lablets, are fabricated in standard 180nm silicon technology and will be equipped with custom developed super-capacitors allowing them to react autonomously in fluids. They are designed to catalyze reactions with inbuilt electrodes and utilize electro-osmotic flow to propel along in the fluidic system, McCaskill et al. (2012).