A Hybrid Camphor-Camphene Wax Material for Studies on Self-Propelled Motion

Richard J.G. Löffler, Martin M. Hanczyc and Jerzy Gorecki​

Phys.Chem.Chem.Phys. (2019) 21, 24852 


A new material that combines the self-propelling properties of camphor with the malleability of camphene is reported. It has wax-like mechanical properties at room temperature and can be formed into required shapes. The speed of the self-propelled objects and the trajectory depend on the shape and camphor– camphene weight ratio.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 711859.