Journal Publications

21. T. T. Xu, Z. M. Hao, C. Y. Huang, J. F. Yu, L. Zhang, X. Y. Wu, Multimodal locomotion control of needle-like microrobots assembled by ferromagnetic nanoparticles. IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, Vol. 27, Issue 6, 4327-4338, 2022.


20. J. H. Law^, H. Chen^, Y. B. Wang, J. F. Yu*, Y. Sun*, Gravity-resisting Colloidal Collectives, Science Advances, Vol. 8, Issue 46, eade3161, 2022.


19. H. Chen, Y. B. Wang, Y. Z. Liu, Q. Zou, J. F. Yu*, Sensing of Fluidic Features Using Colloidal Microswarms, ACS Nano, Vol. 16, Issue 10, 16281–16291, 2022.


18. Q. Zou, X. Z. Du, Y. Z. Liu, H. Chen, Y. B. Wang, J. F. Yu*, Dynamic Path Planning and Motion Control of Microrobotic Swarms for Mobile Target Tracking, IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, Vol. 20, Issue 4, 2022.


17. H. Chen and J. F. Yu*, Magnetic Microrobotic Swarms in Fluid Suspensions, Current Robotics Reports, Vol. 3, Issue 3, 127-137, 2022.


16. J. H. Law^, X. Wang^, M. X. Luo, L. M. Xin, X. Z. Du, W. K. Dou, T. C. Wang, G. Q. Shan, Y. B. Wang, P. Song*, X. Huang, J. F. Yu*, Y. Sun*, Microrobotic Swarms for Selective Embolization, Science Advances, Vol. 8, Issue 29, eabm5752, 2022.


15. J. F. Yu^, L. D. Yang^, X. Z. Du, H. Chen, T. T. Xu, L. Zhang, Adaptive Pattern and Motion Control of Magnetic Microrobotic Swarms, IEEE Transactions on Robotics, Vol. 38, Issue 3, 1552-1570, 2022.


14. L. D. Yang, J. F. Yu, S. H. Yang, B. Wang, B. J. Nelson and L. Zhang, A Survey on Swarm Microrobotics, IEEE Transactions on Robotics, Vol. 38, Issue 3, 1531-1551, 2022.

  • 8. Y. Z Liu, Q. Zou, X. Z. Du, K. W. Fang, Y. B. Wang, J. F. Yu, Shape Reconfiguration and Path Planning of Microswarms for Automatic Collision Avoidance, IEEE International Conference on Real-time Computing and Robotics (RCAR 2023), accepted. (Best Paper Award Finalist)
  • 7. L. D. Yang, J. F. Yu, L. Zhang, A Mobile Paramagnetic Nanoparticle Swarm with Automatic Shape Deformation Control, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2020), accepted.
  • 6. Q. Q. Wang, B. Wang, J. F. Yu, K. Schweizer, B. J. Nelson, L. Zhang, Reconfigurable Magnetic Microswarm for Thrombolysis under Ultrasound Imaging, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2020), accepted.
  • 5. J. F. Yu and L. Zhang, Reconfigurable Colloidal Microrobotic Swarm for Targeted Delivery, IEEE Ubiquitous Robots 2019 (UR 2019), 615 - 616.
  • 4. J. F. Yu, D. D. Jin, L. Zhang, Mobile Magnetic Nanoparticle-based Vortex for Targeted Cargo Delivery in Fluid, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2017), 6594 - 6599.
  • 3. J. F. Yu and L. Zhang, Paramagnetic Nanoparticle-based Vortex: Generation, Mobility and Micromanipulation, IEEE NANO 2017, 293 - 296.
  • 2. Q. W. Chao, J. F. Yu, T. T. Xu, L. Zhang, C. L. Wang, X. G. Jin, Steering Micro-Robotic Swarm by Dynamic Actuating Fields, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2016), 5230-5235.
  • 1. J. F. Yu, H. B. Yu, T. T. Xu and L. Zhang. Magnetic Control of AMB-1 Magnetotactic Bacteria for Micromanipulation, IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE 2015), 1614-1619.


Conference Publications


3. Q. Q. Wang and J. F. Yu, Collective Behaviour of Magnetic Micro/Nanorobot: Control, Imaging and Applications, Taylor & Francis Group, 2023 (Monograph).

2. Y. Sun, X. Wang, J. F. Yu, Field-Driven Micro and Nanorobots for Biology and Medicine, Springer, 2021 (Edited book).

1. L. Zhang, J. F. Yu, and L. D. Yang, Micro- and Nanorobots: From Individual to Swarm (in Chinese), Science Press, 2020 (Monograph).


Book Chapters

2. X. Z. Du, Y. Z. Liu, J. F. Yu, Magnetically Driven Robots for Clinical Treatment, in the book "Robotics for Cell Manipulation and Characterization", Elsevier, 2023.

1. Q. Zou, Y. B. Wang, J. F. Yu, Colloidal Microrobotic Swarms, in the book "Field-Driven Micro and Nanorobots for Biology and Medicine", Springer, 2021.

-- 2022 --

13. H. Chen, H. M. Zhang, T. T. Xu, J. F. Yu*, An Overview of Micronanoswarms for Biomedical Applications, ACS Nano, Vol. 15, Issue 10, 15625-15644, 2021.

-- 2021 --

12. J. F. Yu^, D. D. Jin^, K. F. Chan, Q. Q. Wang, K. Yuan and L. Zhang, Active Generation and Magnetic Actuation of Microrobotic Swarms in Bio-fluids, Nature Communications, Vol. 10, Issue 1, 1 - 12, 2019.

  • 11. J. F. Yu, B. Wang, X. Z. Du, Q. Q. Wang and L. Zhang, Ultra-extensible Ribbon-like Magnetic Microswarm, Nature Communications, Vol. 9, Issue 1, 3260, 2018. (ESI highly cited paper)
  • 10. J. F. Yu, L. D. Yang and L. Zhang, Pattern Generation and Motion Control of a Vortex-like Paramagnetic Nanoparticle Swarm, International Journal of Robotics Research, Vol. 37, Issue 8, 912-930, 2018.

9. J. F. Yu, T. T. Xu, Z. Y. Lu, C. I. Vong, L. Zhang, On-demand Disassembly of Magnetic Nanoparticle Chains for Microrobotic Cargo Delivery, IEEE Transactions on Robotics, Vol. 33, Issue 5, 1213-1225, 2017.


8. J. F. Yu, and L. Zhang, Reversible Pattern Transformation of Paramagnetic Nanoparticle Swarms in Bio-fluids with High Ionic Strength, IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, Vol. 24, Issue 1, 154-163, 2019. (Finalist for 2020 TMECH Best Paper Award)


7. J. F. Yu, Q. Q. Wang, M. Z. Li , C. Liu, L. D. Wang, T. T. Xu, L. Zhang, Characterizing Nanoparticle Swarms with Tuneable Concentrations for Enhanced Imaging Contrast, IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, Vol. 4, Issue 3, 2942-2949, 2019.


6. X. Z. Du^, J. F. Yu^, D. D. Jin, P.W.Y. Chiu, L. Zhang, Independent Pattern Formation of Nanorod and Nanoparticle Swarms under an Oscillating Field. ACS Nano, Vol. 15, Issue 3, 4429-4439, 2021


5. D.D. Jin^, J. F. Yu^, K. Yuan, L. Zhang, Mimicking the structure and function of ant bridge in reconfigurable microswarm for electronic applications, ACS Nano, Vol. 13, Issue 5, 5999-6007, 2019.


  • 4. X. Wang, J. H. Law, M. X. Luo, Z. Y. Gong, J. F. Yu, W. T. Tang, Z. R. Zhang, X. T. Mei, Z. J. Huang, L. D. You and Y. Sun, Magnetic Measurement and Stimulation of Cellular and Intracellular Structures, ACS Nano, Vol. 14, Issue 4, 3805-3821, 2020.
  • 3. L. D. Yang, J. F. Yu, L. Zhang, Statistics-based automated control for a swarm of paramagnetic nanoparticles in 2D space, IEEE Transactions on Robotics, Vol. 36, Issue 1, 254-270, 2019.
  • 2. T. T. Xu, J. F. Yu, C. I. Vong, B. Wang, X. Y. Wu, L. Zhang, Dynamic morphology and swimming properties of rotating miniature swimmers with soft tails, IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, Vol. 24, Issue 3, 924-934, 2019.
  • 1. X. Yan, Q. Zhou, M. Vincent, Y. Deng, J. F. Yu, J. Xu, T. Xu, T. Tang, L. Bian, Y. Wang, K. Kostarelos, L. Zhang, Multifunctional biohybrid magnetite microrobots for imaging-guided therapy,  Science Robotics, Vol. 2, Issue 12, eaaq1155, 2017.



-- Before 2021 --

-- 2023 --

29. J. H. Law, J. F. Yu*, W. T. Tang, Z. Y. Gong, X. Wang, Y. Sun*, Micro/Nanorobotic Swarms: From Fundamentals to Functionalities, ACS Nano, Vol. 17, Issue 14, 12971–12999, 2023.


28. J. X. Li and J. F. Yu*, Biodegradable Microrobots Toward Biomedical Applications: A Review, Nanomaterials, Vol. 13, Issue 10, 1590, 2023. (undergraduate as the first author)


27. X. Z. Du and J. F. Yu*, Image-Integrated Magnetic Actuation Systems for Localization and Remote Actuation of  Medical Miniature Robots: A Survey, IEEE Transactions on Robotics, Vol. 39, Issue 4, 2549-2568, 2023.


26. J. H. Law, X. Z. Du, W. T. Tang, J. F. Yu*, Y. Sun*, Navigation of Magnetic Microrobotic Swarms with Maintained Structural Integrity in Fluidic Flow, IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, accepted, 2023.


25. Y. Z. Liu^, H. Chen^, Q. Zou, X. Z. Du, Y. B. Wang, J. F. Yu*, Automatic Navigation of Microswarms for Dynamic Obstacle Avoidance, IEEE Transactions on Robotics, Vol. 39, Issue 4, 2770 - 2785, 2023.


24. Y. B. Wang, X. Z. Du, H. M. Zhang, Q. Zou, J. H. Law, J. F. Yu*, Amphibious Miniature Soft Jumping Robot with On-demand In-flight Maneuver, Advanced Science, Vol. 10, Issue 18, 2207493, 2023.


23. Y. B. Wang, H. Chen, J. H. Law, X. Z. Du, J. F. Yu*, Ultrafast Miniature Robotic Swimmers with Upstream Motility, Cyborg and Bionic Systems, Vol. 4, 1-8, 2023.


22. Q. Zou, X. J. Liu, J. F. Yu*, Automatic Navigation of a Microrobotic Swarm for Tracking Multiple Mobile Targets, IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, accepted, 2023.

-- 2024 --

30. Z. H. Chen^, Y. B. Wang^, H. Chen, J. H. Law, H. Y. Pu, S. R. Xie, F. Duan, Y. Sun, N. Liu* and J. F. Yu*, A Magnetic Multi-layer Soft Robot for On-demand Targeted Adhesion, Nature Communications, Vol. 15, 644, 2024.