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Using Magnetic Levitation for Three Dimensional Self-Assembly

Authors

  • Katherine A. Mirica,

    1. Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University, 12 Oxford St., Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
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  • Filip Ilievski,

    1. Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University, 12 Oxford St., Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
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  • Audrey K. Ellerbee,

    1. Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University, 12 Oxford St., Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
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  • Sergey S. Shevkoplyas,

    1. Department of Biomedical Engineering, Tulane University, 500 L. Boggs Building, New Orleans, LA 70118, USA
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  • George M. Whitesides

    Corresponding author
    1. Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University, 12 Oxford St., Cambridge, MA 02138, USA
    2. Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Harvard University, 3 Blackfan Circle, Boston, MA 02115, USA
    • Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University, 12 Oxford St., Cambridge, MA 02138, USA.
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Abstract

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Magnetic levitation (MagLev) enables 3D self-assembly of diamagnetic objects with control over many aspects of position and orientation. This work demonstrates the ability of MagLev to position and align components, such as mirrors, filters, lenses, and soft objects, without mechanical support.

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