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Manuscript Submission Deadline 12 November 2022
Manuscript Extension Submission Deadline 12 December 2022

Since the initial development of optical tweezers in the 1970s, optical manipulation of micro/nano-objects has become one of the core techniques in modern nanotechnology. Numerous optical technologies have since been developed to extend the capabilities of conventional optical tweezers for versatile manipulation, actuation, assembly, and patterning of multi-scale materials. This ongoing development has facilitated significant progress in various fields, such as microrobotics, sensing, bottom-up nanofabrication, nanomedicine, colloidal sciences, and microelectronics.

This Research Topic welcomes original research articles, perspectives, and reviews on the latest advances in optical manipulation beyond conventional optical tweezers. It calls for the contributions pertaining to the development of novel optical manipulation techniques, exhibiting increased capabilities in comparison to current technologies, alongside the utilization of optical manipulation for numerous applications across all fields.

The scope of this Research Topic will include, but is not limited, to:
- Optical trapping and manipulation of objects across all scales
- Light-driven micromachines (actuators, rotors, motors, etc.)
- Optical assembly and printing of nanomaterials
- Properties and functions exhibited by light-induced photonic materials
- Optical manipulation based on hybrid forces, such as photochemical, photothermal, and optoelectronic interactions
- Application of optical manipulation in physical and biological research

Keywords: Optical Trapping and Manipulation, Light-Driven Micromachines, Robotics, Optical Assembly and Printing, Colloidal Nanostructures, Optomechanics, Motors and Rotors


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Since the initial development of optical tweezers in the 1970s, optical manipulation of micro/nano-objects has become one of the core techniques in modern nanotechnology. Numerous optical technologies have since been developed to extend the capabilities of conventional optical tweezers for versatile manipulation, actuation, assembly, and patterning of multi-scale materials. This ongoing development has facilitated significant progress in various fields, such as microrobotics, sensing, bottom-up nanofabrication, nanomedicine, colloidal sciences, and microelectronics.

This Research Topic welcomes original research articles, perspectives, and reviews on the latest advances in optical manipulation beyond conventional optical tweezers. It calls for the contributions pertaining to the development of novel optical manipulation techniques, exhibiting increased capabilities in comparison to current technologies, alongside the utilization of optical manipulation for numerous applications across all fields.

The scope of this Research Topic will include, but is not limited, to:
- Optical trapping and manipulation of objects across all scales
- Light-driven micromachines (actuators, rotors, motors, etc.)
- Optical assembly and printing of nanomaterials
- Properties and functions exhibited by light-induced photonic materials
- Optical manipulation based on hybrid forces, such as photochemical, photothermal, and optoelectronic interactions
- Application of optical manipulation in physical and biological research

Keywords: Optical Trapping and Manipulation, Light-Driven Micromachines, Robotics, Optical Assembly and Printing, Colloidal Nanostructures, Optomechanics, Motors and Rotors


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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