JRM Vol.35 No.5 pp. 1219-1226
doi: 10.20965/jrm.2023.p1219


Patterning-Based Self-Assembly of Specific and Functional Structures

Taichi Kokubu, Tatsuya Hikida, and Hiroaki Suzuki ORCID Icon

Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Chuo University
1-13-27 Kasuga, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-8551, Japan

May 29, 2023
July 10, 2023
October 20, 2023
fluidic self-assembly, selective assembly, adhesive pattern, gel actuator

In this study, we developed a system for selective self-assembly of millimeter-scale components differentiated by adhesive patterns. This was achieved by designing concentric circular patterns having different radii but the same total length of peripheries. Small polymer sheets having solder adhesive patterns in these designs were simply attached to the millimeter-scale components to be assembled in a stirring container. This strategy was effective in avoiding an overlap between different patterns and enforcing the selective bonds between identical patterns among three types of components. Finally, the selective assembly of a functional structure (i.e., poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) gel actuator) was demonstrated.

Selective self-assembly of gel actuators

Selective self-assembly of gel actuators

Cite this article as:
T. Kokubu, T. Hikida, and H. Suzuki, “Patterning-Based Self-Assembly of Specific and Functional Structures,” J. Robot. Mechatron., Vol.35 No.5, pp. 1219-1226, 2023.
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