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2 June 2014

At Penn State, many researchers in the Eberly College of Science and the College of Engineering have been interested in applications of Sen and Mallouk’s nanomotor research. Their collaborators agree that it’s exciting and inspiring to work with Sen and Mallouk.

J. Lloyd Huck Chair in Natural Sciences Paul Cremer, who worked with them on a project that exploits the heat generated by enzyme turnover to create particle motion, said, “They are great collaborators with lots of imaginative ideas on self-propelled nanomotors. The implications of Tom and Ayusman’s imagination are far reaching.”

Some, like Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering Darrell Velegol, feel that Sen and Mallouk’s nanomotor research has created a new field of study: “Their insights have raised an entirely new research field that spans fluid mechanics, catalysis, biology, and many other fields.”

Peter Butler, associate professor of biomedical engineering, agrees with Velegol’s assessment: “My collaboration with Tom and Ayusman has presented to me a whole new area of how forces influence biological function.”