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“Active” components can be introduced into a passive system to completely change its physical behavior from its typical behavior at thermodynamic equilibrium. To reveal the interaction mechanisms between individuals, researchers have designed unique self-propelled particles to mimic the collective behavior of biological systems. This review focuses on recent theoretical and experimental advances in the study of self-propelled particle systems and their individual and collective behaviors. The potential applications of active particles in chemical, biological and environmental sensing and single particle imaging are discussed.

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This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (21425519), and the Tsinghua University Startup Fund.

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Pan, Q., He, Y. Recent advances in self-propelled particles. Sci. China Chem. 60, 1293–1304 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11426-017-9115-8

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