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FY 2016

28. Our research, “Bacterial Flagella in a Viscous Shear Flow“, presented by the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics is now available in the Gallery of Fluid Motion. (December 2016)


27. Jamel Ali successfully defended his PhD dissertation: Engineered Bacterial Flagella for Micro- and Nanoscale Actuation and Sensing. Dr. Ali will seek for a faculty position. Bon Voyage! (December 2016)

26. New book, Nanofluidics 2nd Edition, is now published, in which specific applications with a focus on bioanalysis are given with case studies. The end of each chapter now also features a methodology section to explain experimental protocols and “tips and tricks”. (November 2016)

25. BASTLab members will show up in the APS DFD2016 meeting to introduce flagellar dynamics and low Reynolds number microswimmers. (November 2016)

24. Prof. Kim will give an invited talk talk entitled “Finding Bacteria: The Bad, The Good, and The Better” at the NanoScience Technology Center in the University of Central Florida. (November 2016)

23. Prof. Kim will give an invited talk entitled “Finding Bacteria: The Bad, The Good, and The Better” in the MSE department seminar at the University of Texas, Arlington (October 2016).

22. Prof. Kim will give an invited speech about nano/microrobotics for nanomedicine at the International Robot-Tech Forum in Robot World 2016 (October 2016).

21. BASTLab receives a three-year NSF DCSD grant to demonstrate the use of rotating magnetic fields to propel and steer microswimmer robots for medical applications such as drug delivery. The results will guide future development of control systems for microrobotics, and advance towards practically controllable magnetic microswimmers in vivo. (August 2016)

20. Microscale ‘Transformer’ robots are featured in DrexelNow, ScienceDaily, Phys.Org, and etc (July 2016).

19. Minimalist swimming microrobots are featured in AIP, ScienceDaily, UPI, Yonhapnews, and etc (July 2016).

18. Prof. Kim will give an invited speech at Nano Korea 2016, Koyang, Korea: Nanopore Technology for Single Molecule and Single Cell Analysis (July 2016).

17. Prof. Kim will give a plenary speech at ICBE 2016, Ningbo, China: Gangnam Style in Microbiorobotics (June 2016).

16. Prof. Kim has been approved to receive the “2016 Engineer of the Year Award” (presented by ‪KSEA and ‪KOFST) at the ‪UKC2016 by the KSEA Council! The award ceremony will be held during the UKC2016 opening ceremony on August 11 at 10 am (June 2016).

15. Bacteria Boost is featured in the Scientist Magazine (June 2016).

14. “Nanobots in the Bloodstream” has been featured in the EXEL Magazine (June 2016).

13. Prof. Kim gives a talk about microrobotics for future nanomedicine at the Pint of Science in Philadelphia (May 2016).

12. Armin Davish has successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation: Electrodeformation in Solid-State Nanpores and Its Applications for Characterization of Nanoscale Vesicles and Viruses. Dr. Darvish will join Two Pore Guys for the development of nanopore technology. Congratuations, Dr. Darvish! (May 2016)

11. Hoyeon Kim has been selected to receive the 2015-16 College of Engineering Lindquist Award! Congratulations on your accomplishments! (May 2016)

10. BASTLab receives a two-year NIH NIBIB grant to develop a high throughput analytical method to characterize rigidity of any nanoscale soft particle at the single-particle level and sort them based on their mechanical rigidity or softness. (May 2016)

9. Our ongoing microbiorobotics research is featured on the ASME Magazine: Bacteria Bots Steer Themselves. (May 2016)

8. BASTLab receives a three-year $300K NSF IIS RI:SMALL Award to develop a new type of manufacturing by combining soft robotics and swarm control to construct assemblies in 2D and 3D from individual artificial cells made of hydrogels in collaboration with Prof. Aaron Becker group at the University of Houston. (May 2016)

7. BASTLab receives a three-year $315K NSF BMMB Award to study soft nanoparticle mechanics in collaboration with Prof. Petia Vlahovska group at Brown University. (April 2016)


6. Congratulations! Hoyeon Kim has successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation today . Believe or not (because today is April Fool’s day), Hoyeon has become the third Dr. Kim from BAST Lab. BAST Lab members do certainly appreciate all his effort made on the development of microbiorobotics. Once again many thanks to Dr. Hoyeon Kim for success in his Ph.D. research!. (April 2016)

 5. Prof. Kim has accepted an offer from SMU’s Lyle School of Engineering to take a position as Robert C. Womack Endowed Chair Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. (March 2016)

4. Our ongoing research in the development of bacteria-powered microrobots has been featured in DrexelNow. (March 2016)


3. Prof. Kim has been selected to receive the prestigious 2016 Netexplo Award for his work with micro-swimmer robots. Since 2008, based on a panel vote participated in by over 200 experts and business professionals from around the world, UNESCO and Netexplo have announced annually the Netexplo 100, a selection of the 100 most promising digital initiatives.  From these, the ten most exceptional, innovative and promising projects are selected as award winners and presented at the Netexplo Forum in Paris.  From these ten, a final Grand Prix 2016 award is selected.

Netexplo is an independent observatory that studies the impact of digital technology on society and business.  Created in 2007 by Martine Bidegain and Thierry Happe in partnership with the French Senate and the French Ministry for the Digital Economy, Netexplo takes a unique approach to understanding digital society. Through its International University Network, the Netexplo Observatory scans the world for the new faces of tech and their inventions. The founding partners, the Senate, the Ministry for the Digital Economy and HEC Paris business school share with Netexplo a commitment to covering every aspect of digital innovation, whether technological, commercial, organizational, social or environmental.

Dr. Kim’s research is with tiny swarming robots that have the potential of swimming through a person’s arteries to detect and clear blockages or to deliver a drug to a precise area of the body.  As an award winner, he will present his work on February 10, 2016 at Paris-Dauphine University, Paris. (January 2016)

2. Our robotic microswimmer has been selected as a recipient of the Netexplo 100 in 2016! (January 2016)

1. Our effort made on the development of minimally invasive surgical nano/microrobots has been introduced in the current issue of FORTUNE. (January 2016)