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IMAGE: The series of nanorobots was created by Soutik Betal during his doctoral research in Electrical Engineering under the guidance of husband-and-wife researchers Amar S. Bhalla (left) and Ruyan Guo (right)… view more 

Credit: The University of Texas at San Antonio

(San Antonio, Aug. 27, 2018) — It can’t be seen with a human eye. It doesn’t look anything like C-3PO or R2-D2, or even BB-8. But, nevertheless, it is a robot (all 120nm of it) and its creators from The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) are now world record holders in the Guinness World Records for creating the Smallest Medical Robot.

The series of nanorobots was created by Soutik Betal during his doctoral research in Electrical Engineering under the guidance of professors Ruyan Guo and Amar S. Bhalla in the UTSA Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and they could one day lead to huge medical advancements.

Guo explains, “In a nutshell, we have developed nanocomposite particles that can be remotely controlled by an electromagnetic field. They function like extremely tiny robots that interact with biological cells.”

The nanocomposites are made of two different types of multifunctional oxide materials in a “core and shell” configuration. The

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