Communications Materials (Oct 2021)

Plant-like hooked miniature machines for on-leaf sensing and delivery

  • Isabella Fiorello,
  • Fabian Meder,
  • Alessio Mondini,
  • Edoardo Sinibaldi,
  • Carlo Filippeschi,
  • Omar Tricinci,
  • Barbara Mazzolai

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 2, no. 1
pp. 1 – 11


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Miniaturized systems for in situ plant applications are important to understand and preserve natural ecosystems. Here, the attachment of bioinspired microhooks to the surfaces of plant leaves is investigated, and on-leaf soft machines fabricated for monitoring conditions and for molecular delivery.