Keywords: Active matter, Micromotor, Nanomotor, Collective Motion, Swarm, Enzyme, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Microswimmer, Nanoswimmer.
Nature has inspired the creation of artificial micro and nano motors that self propel converting chemical energy into mechanical action. These tiny machines have appeared as promising biomedical tools for treatment and diagnosis and have also been used for environmental, antimicrobial or sensing applications. Among the possible catalytic engines, enzymes have emerged as an alternative to inorganic catalysts. However, these biohybrid (half biological half artificial) nano systems, its bottom-up design of synthetic living devices and the complex motion dynamics that they present have yet not been explored through the lenses of artistic practices, a task needed given their potential.
- Xavier Arqué, Barcelona, ES. Nano biotech Researcher-Artist. Nanobiotech Researcher-Artist focused on self-propelling bio hybrid nanobots (PhD on Biotechnology, University of Barcelona and Institute for Bio engineering of Catalonia, Jan 2023). Art&Sci Research: ESPN performance (Fundació Èpica de La Fura dels Baus), HUERTO dance piece (Cía. Paula Quintana) and GREGOTECHNO music project (Marc Vilajuana). https://www.linkedin.com/in/xavier-arqu%C3%A9-roca-506307107
- Prof. Samuel Sánchez Ordóñez (ES) Group Leader / ICREA Research Professor https://ibecbarcelona.eu/es/member/?empID=936 https://www.icrea.cat/Web/ScientificStaff/samuel-sanchez-ordonez-578
- Assist. Prof. Tania Patiño (Barcelona, ES), Chemical Engineering and Chemistry, Bio-Organic Chemistry https://research.tue.nl/en/persons/tania-pati%C3%B1o-padial