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Paper “ X. Y. Tao, L. X. Dong, X. N. Wang, W. K. Zhang, B. J. Nelson, and X. D. Li, B4C Nanowire/Carbon-Microfiber Hybrid Structures and Composites from Cotton T-shirts, Advanced Materials, DOI. 10.1002/adma.200903071,  Mar. 2010.” was highlighted by

Royal Society of Chemistry, Making 'armoured' T-shirts, by Lewis Brindley, March 16, 2010.

Softpedia, Cotton T-shirts Could Become Bullet-Proof, by Tudor Vieru, March 17, 2010.

Discovery News, How to Make a Bulletproof T-shirt, by Eric Bland, April 1, 2010.

Popular Science, Process That Converts Cotton to Boron Carbide Could Create Armored T-shirts, by Jeremy Hsu, April 5, 2010.

Reprinted by many websites including

Xinhua Net (in Chinese) (in Chinese), Huanqiu (in Chinese), Sina (in Chinese),

CNR (in Chinese), MoD China (in Chinese)MRS, 20 Min (in German),

and other media.


Paper “L. Zhang, J. J. Abbott, L. X. Dong, B. E. Kratochvil, D. J. Bell, and B. J. Nelson, Artificial Bacterial Flagella: Fabrication and Magnetic Control, Applied Physics Letters, Vol. 94, No. 6, Art. No, 064107, Feb. 2009” was featured by


Science News, Microswimmers Make a Splash, by Laura Sanders, Vol. 174, p.22, July 4, 2009.

Swiss Info, Swiss Build "Fantastic Voyage" Micro-robot, by Simon Bradley, April 15, 2009.

ETH Life, ETH Zurich Researchers Copy Bacteria, by Maja Schaffner, April 6, 2009.

Science Daily, Medical Micro-robots Made As Small As Bacteria, April 19, 2009.

Ars Technica, Microscopic magnetic mimic of microbial motor made, by Chris Lee, March 2, 2009.

New Scientist, Micromachine power problem solved with magnets, by Colin Barras, March 2, 2009.

Reprinted by many websites in various languages including English, Chinese, Czech, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish.



On Feb. 5, 2009, the Association of American Publishers (AAP) announced the winners of the 2008 American Publishers Awards for Professional and Scholarly Excellence (The PROSE Awards). Springer Handbook of Robotics edited by B. Siciliano & O. Khatib received the PROSE Award for Excellence in Physical Sciences & Mathematics, after receiving the Award in the Engineering & Technology Category

Related publication from us:

B. J. Nelson, L. X. Dong, and F. Arai, Chap. 18 Micro/Nanorobots, Springer Handbook of Robotics, 1st ed, B. Siciliano and O. Khatib, Eds., Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag GmbH, pp. 411-450, 2008.



Research on Artificial Bacteria Flagella was featured by

        Swiss-Romande TV in Honey, I Shrunk the Physician, Dec. 5, 2008.

        BBC News “Click”  in Looking Ahead to Tiny Technology, Aug. 17, 2008.



Dr. L. Zhang won Nano Today Cover Competition for "L. Zhang, L. X. Dong, and B. J. Nelson, An array of spiral nanoribbons self-organized from Si/Cr bilayer by self-scrolling technique, Nano Today: An International Rapid Reviews Journal", Oct. 9, 2008. Winning images were featured by Nanowerk News: “Cover art winners of nanotechnology image competition”, Oct. 28, 2008.



Paper “L. X. Dong, X. Y. Tao, L. Zhang, B. J. Nelson, and X. B. Zhang, Nanorobotic Spot Welding: Controlled Metal Deposition with Attogram Precision from Copper-filled Carbon Nanotubes, Nano Letters, Vol. 7, No. 1, pp. 58-63, Jan. 2007.” was featured by

Nature Nanotechnology in Research Highlights: TOP DOWN BOTTOM UP: Making Connections, Ailin Chun, Vol. 2, p.75, 2007.

Nature Materials Updates in Nanozone News: Spot-welding with Nanotubes, Philip Ball, Dec. 20, 2006.

New Scientist magazine in Nano-welds Herald New Era of Electronics, Tom Simonite, Vol. 391, no. 2577, p. 6, Dec. 19, 2006.

Nanowerk website in Nanowerk Spotlight: Bronze Age Technique Works Just Fine in the Nanotechnology Era, Jan. 2, 2007.

Reprinted by some 50 websites in 8 different languages including English, Chinese, Czech, Dutch, German, Korea, Spanish, and Turkish.



Research on Artificial Nanoflagella was highlighted by

MIT Technology Review: Propellers for Microrobots, Copying Bacterial Propellers Could Give Biomedical Robots a Boost.

 (Reprinted by some 100 other websites.)

medGadget, the internet journal of emerging medical technologies: Robotic Nanoflagella



Paper “A. Subramanian, L. X. Dong, J. Tharian, U. Sennhauser, and B. J. Nelson, Batch Fabrication of Carbon Nanotube Bearings, Nanotechnology, Vol. 18, No. 7, Art. No. 075703, Feb. 2007.” was selected as a feature article by Nanotechnology with a cover picture, and highlighted by

Nanotechweb: A Batch Fabrication Process for Large-Scale Integration of Supermolecular Bearings.



Research on Nanorobotics was highlighted by Mind the Gap - Nanotechnology Robotics Vision versus Lab Reality



Research on 3D Helical Nanostructures was highlighted by

Science in News Focus: Nanotechnology: Pretty as You Please, Curling Films Turn Themselves into Nanodevices, Vol. 313, pp.164-165, 2006.



Paper “L. Zhang, E. Ruh, D. Grützmacher, L. X. Dong, D. J. Bell, B. J. Nelson, and C. Schönenberger, Anomalous Coiling of SiGe/Si and SiGe/Si/Cr Helical Nanobelts, Nano Letters, Vol. 6, No. 7, pp. 1311-1317, July 2006” was highlighted by

Science in Editor's Choice: All Wound up, Vol. 312, p.1719, 2006.



Research on Nanorobotic Nanomanufacturing was highlighted by  Scientific American in Practical Nanotubes: Molecular-scale fabrication points toward commercial carbon electronics, pp. 62-63, Dec. 2005.



Research on nanorobotics was highlighted by Sandia National Laboratories in Sandia Report: A Review of Research in the Field of Nanorobotics, Oct. 2005. 17 papers authored by Lixin Dong, et al. were reviewed.



Research on robotics was highlighted by ROBOCON Magazine in Messages to Future Researchers from Leading Scientists, p.88 June 2003.