Research interest 科研方向

Using advanced technology to help patients is the motivation for my research. Minimally invasive surgery minimizes the trauma of patients compared with traditional open surgery. Target drug delivery enhances the drug efficacy while weakens unwanted side effects compared with conventional systemic administration. My future research effort will concentrate on developing medical miniature robots that work in vivo and in vitro, which can be potentially deployed in minimally invasive diagnosis and therapeutics. Issues such as biocompatibility and biodegradability will be taken into consideration in the design of the medical robots. When deployed inside human bodies, the feedback information of the robots is limited and obscured, in which scenarios accurate and reliable actuation and control of these robots are challenging and will be investigated in my following research.

Past projects 过往项目


Design, model, and control a 3D soft-body microgripper for accurate, reliable, and efficient micro-object manipulation.

Miniature swimmer

Model and control a swimmer for undulatory locomotion on and under water surface.

Microfluidic sorter

Design, fabricate, and control a novel remotely-controllable mechanical microobject sorter.

Journal publications 期刊文章

  1. T. Xu, J. Zhang, M. Salehizadeh, O. Onaizah, and E. Diller, “Millimeter-Scale Flexible Robots with Programmable Three-Dimensional Magnetization and Motions,” Science Robotics, vol. 4, eaav4494 , 2019. Link
  2. J. Zhang, and E. Diller, “Untethered miniature soft robots: Modeling and design of a millimeter-scale swimming magnetic sheet”, Soft Robotics, vol. 5, no. 6, 2018. Link
  3. J. Zhang, O. Onaizah, A. Sadri, and E. Diller, “A Generic Label-Free Microfluidic Microobject Sorter Using a Magnetic Elastic Diverter”, Biomedical Microdevices, vol. 19, no. 2, pp. 43, 2017. Link
  4. J. Zhang, O. Onaizah, K. Middleton, L. You, and E. Diller, “Reliable Grasping of Three-Dimensional Untethered Mobile Magnetic Microgripper for Autonomous Pick-and-Place”, IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, vol. 2, issue 2, pp. 835-840, 2017. Link
  5. J. Zhang and E. Diller, “Tetherless mobile micrograsping using a magnetic elastic composite material,” Smart Materials and Structures, vol. 25, no. 11, 11LT03 2016. Link

Conference publications 会议文章

  1. J. Zhang*, M. Salehizadeh* and E. Diller, “Parallel Pick and Place Using Two Independent Untethered Mobile Magnetic Microgrippers,” IEEE Int. Conf. on Robotics and Automation, 2018. (*equally contributing authors) Link
  2. J. Zhang, O. Onaizah, K. Middleton, L. You, and E. Diller, “Reliable Grasping of Three-Dimensional Untethered Mobile Magnetic Microgripper for Autonomous Pick-and-Place”, IEEE Int. Conf. on Robotics and Automation, 2017 (published on RA-L and  presented on ICRA 2017). Link
  3. J. Zhang, P. Jain, and E. Diller, “Independent Control of Two Millimeter-Scale Soft-Bodied Magnetic Robotic Swimmers,” IEEE Int. Conf. on Robotics and Automation, 2016. Link
  4. J. Zhang and E. Diller, “Millimeter-Scale Magnetic Swimmers Using Elastomeric Undulations,” IEEE Int. Conf. on Intelligent Robots and Systems, 2015. Link

Patents 专利

  1. Eric Diller, Jiachen Zhang, and Tianqi Xu, Tetherless mobile magnetic microgripper, 2017
  2. Eric Diller, Jiachen Zhang, Amir Sadri, and Nenad Kircanski, Microfluidic particle sorter, 2016