Assistant Professor Department of Mechanical and Energy Engineering   Research Group

Dr. U Kei Cheang received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at Drexel University in 2015 where he was supported by the NSF GRFP, the NSF IGERT Fellowship, and the NSF EAPSI Fellowship. Dr. Cheang’s research in Micro- and Nanorobotics entails the development of mobile micro and nanoscale swimming robots. His research encompasses controls, micro/nanofabrication, and micro/nanofluidics. Dr. Cheang's notable research include the modular microrobot, the particle-based microrobot, and the artificial bacteria. His work on robotic microswimmers was awarded the top 10 Netexplo Award in 2016. He received the Shenzhen Excellent Youth Award in 2022.

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Research Areas: Micro and Nanorobotics, Milli-scale soft robotics, Magnetic Control Systems, Micro and Nanofabrication, Targeted Therapy, Applied Nanomedicine


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  • Our paper titled "Development of 2D MOFs-based microrobots under annealing treatment and their biomedical application" was published in Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research

  • Our work was featured on the inside front cover of Materials Advances

  • Our paper titled "Propulsion kinematics of achiral microswimmers in viscous fluids" was published in Applied Physics Letters


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