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Bioinspired materials for in situ leaf drug delivery

Publications & Patents

"Look deep inside nature and you will understand everything better"

Albert Einstein




[13] Fiorello, I., Ronzan, M., Speck, T., Sinibaldi, E., & Mazzolai, B. (2024). A Biohybrid Self‐Dispersing Miniature Machine Using Wild Oat Fruit Awns for Reforestation and Precision Agriculture. Advanced Materials, 2313906.


[12] Valdur, K.A., Tamm, T., Fiorello, I., Aabloo, A., Must, I., Sinibaldi, E. and Mazzolai, B., 2024. A Spider Leg‐Inspired mm‐Scale Soft Exoskeleton Enabled by Liquid via Hydration and Charge Transport. Advanced Functional Materials, p.2315161.

Plant-inspired robot for climbing leaves

[11] Fiorello, I., Mondini, A., & Mazzolai, B. (2023, April). Climbing mini-machines using plant-inspired micropatterned adhesive wheels fabricated via two-photon lithography. In 2023 IEEE International Conference on Soft Robotics (RoboSoft) (pp. 1-7). IEEE.


DOI: 10.1109/RoboSoft55895.2023.10122001


Seed-inspired robot

[10] Fiorello, I., Margheri, L., Filippeschi, C., & Mazzolai, B. (2022, April). 3D micromolding of seed-like probes for self-burying soft robots. In 2022 IEEE 5th International Conference on Soft Robotics (RoboSoft) (pp. 255-260). IEEE.


DOI: 10.1109/RoboSoft54090.2022.9762092


Plant-inspired materials for plant leaves anchoring, monitoring and delivery

[9] Fiorello, I., Meder, F., Mondini, A., Sinibaldi, E., Filippeschi, C., Tricinci, O., & Mazzolai, B. (2021). Plant-like hooked miniature machines for on-leaf sensing and delivery. Communications Materials, 2(1), 103.

DOI: 10.1038/s43246-021-00208-0


Review on seed-inspired robot

[8] Mazzolai, B., Mariani, S., Ronzan, M., Cecchini, L., Fiorello, I., Cikalleshi, K., & Margheri, L. (2021). Morphological Computation in Plant Seeds for a New Generation of Self-Burial and Flying Soft Robots. Frontiers in Robotics and AI, 8.


DOI: 10.3389/frobt.2021.797556

[7] Fiorello, I., Tricinci, O., Naselli, G. A., Mondini, A., Filippeschi, C., Tramacere, F., Mishra A. & Mazzolai, B. (2020). Climbing Plant‐Inspired Micropatterned Devices for Reversible Attachment. Advanced Functional Materials, 30(38), 2003380.


DOI: 10.1002/adfm.202003380

Climbing robot with plant-inspired microhooks


Plant stem as inspiration for soft robots

[6] Fiorello, I., Mondini, A., & Mazzolai, B. (2020, July). Biomechanical Characterization of Hook-Climber Stems for Soft Robotic Applications. In Conference on Biomimetic and Biohybrid Systems (pp. 97-103). Springer, Cham.


DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-64313-3_11

Best poster award at living machines
Review on climbing plants and bioinspired innovations

[5] Fiorello, I., Del Dottore, E., Tramacere, F., & Mazzolai, B. (2020). Taking inspiration from climbing plants: methodologies and benchmarks—a review. Bioinspiration & biomimetics, 15(3), 031001.


DOI: 10.1088/1748-3190/ab7416

Review on plant-inspired robots

[4] Mazzolai, B., Tramacere, F., Fiorello, I., & Margheri, L. (2020). The bio-engineering approach for plant investigations and growing robots. A mini-review. Frontiers in Robotics and AI, 7.


DOI: 10.3389/frobt.2020.573

Microbial fuel cells for hybrid energy harvesting

[3] Massaglia, G., Fiorello, I., Sacco, A., Margaria, V., Pirri, C. F., & Quaglio, M. (2019). Biohybrid cathode in single chamber microbial fuel cell. Nanomaterials, 9(1), 36.


DOI: 10.3390/nano9010036


Microhooks inspired by rose for controllable release in robotics

[2] Fiorello, I., Meder, F., Tricinci, O., Filippeschi, C., & Mazzolai, B. (2019, July). Rose-inspired micro-device with variable stiffness for remotely controlled release of objects in robotics. In Conference on Biomimetic and Biohybrid Systems (pp. 122-133). Springer, Cham. 


DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-24741-6_11

Galium aparine plants with microhooks

[1] Fiorello, I., Tricinci, O., Mishra, A. K., Tramacere, F., Filippeschi, C., & Mazzolai, B. (2018, July). Artificial system inspired by climbing mechanism of Galium aparine fabricated via 3D laser lithography. In Conference on Biomimetic and Biohybrid Systems (pp. 168-178). Springer, Cham


Patent on microhooks

[1] PCT/IB2022/059331 - Inventors: Fiorello I., Mondini A., Meder F., Mazzolai B. Device with soluble hook-shaped micro-elements for the deployment of substances into the leaves of plants. (International Patent)


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