Microrobotics Laboratory

University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario
What the facility does

Small-scale robotics for biomedical and healthcare 

Area(s) of Expertise

The Microrobotics Laboratory at the University of Toronto focuses on small-scale robotics and bio-inspired novel locomotion systems. Our main areas of study are fabrication and control relating to remote actuation of micro-scale devices using magnetic fields, micro-scale robotic manipulation, smart materials, and the creation of novel biomedical devices. The lab’s goal is to develop tools and techniques for accessing small, confined or remote environments for applications in biotechnology, healthcare and advanced manufacturing.

Research Services

Characterization of micro-scale mechanisms, micronewton-level force measurement, prototyping, magnetic field measurement, actuation of micro-robots, microscopy

Sectors of Application
  • Life sciences, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment
  • Manufacturing and processing

Specialized lab



Microrobotics Lab

Laser cutter

Cutting of plastic, wood


Nikon stereomicroscope

Low-power magnification


Nikon optical microscope

Magnification 5x to 40x


Handheld magnetometer

Measure magnetic field strength and direction


Hot plates



Ultrasonic cleaner



Load cells

Measurement of millinewton to newton level forces


Micro-force sensing probe

Measurement of micronewton to millinewton-level forces with digital interface and robotic probe tip motion control


Syringe pump

Flow rate control for microfluidics


High-speed camera

Up to kHz frame rate image acquisition


Magnetic coils

Creation of precision magnetic fields up to 50 mT in strength, in 3D under computer control



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