Towards In-Vivo Radio Transmitting Nano-Robots

S. Dolev, R.P. Narayanan
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev,

Keywords: nano-electro-mechanical system (NEMS), actuator, cancer, energy harvesting, carbon-nanotube (CNT) detector


A design for oscillating nanotubes suitable for large-scale applications like synchronized radio devices in nanorobots is presented here. A Carbon Nanotube (CNT) based oscillator is simulated and modeled under a constant DC supply voltage for a controlled and sustained oscillation. The CNT cantilever beam is forced to oscillate by applying an electrostatic force and the frequency of its oscillation is analyzed by changing the geometry and material properties of the model. The primary functional component of the system is the electrically charged cantilever beam which oscillates proportional to its electric discharge to the counter electrode. The designed oscillating nanotubes are a part of a nanorobotic system that can form programmable matter swarms.