The fastest nanomotor ever built is small enough to fit inside a cell

05/20/2014 - 00:00

Researchers at the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have built the smallest, fastest and longest-running tiny synthetic motor to date. The team's nanomotor is an important step toward developing miniature machines that could one day move through the body to administer insulin for diabetics when needed, or target and treat cancer cells without harming good cells.


Kwanoh Kim, Xiaobin Xu, Jianhe Guo, D. L. Fan. Ultrahigh-speed rotating nanoelectromechanical system devices assembled from nanoscale building blocks. Nature Communications, 2014; 5 DOI: 10.1038/ncomms4632