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Pattern Formation in Catalytic Colloidal Microswimmers

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Project "PFCCMS" data sheet

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Total cost 183˙454 €
 EC max contribution 183˙454 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2014
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-04-01   to  2017-03-31


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1    THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH UK (EDINBURGH) coordinator 183˙454.00


 Project objective

Self-propelled particles such as bacteria, or 'Janus colloids' partially coated with catalyst, consume energy from their environment and convert it into systematic motion. Interacting ensembles of these particles compose so-called active matter which is intrinsically driven out of thermodynamic equilibrium. This allows for a rich and unusual phenomenology that includes condensation and phase separation in systems with purely repulsive interactions; giant density fluctuations; and various types of self-organized structure formation whose origin lies beyond the equilibrium principle of entropy maximization (free energy minimization). In PFCCMS we propose a novel theoretical study of activity-induced pattern formation with active colloids, addressing the interplay of an anisotropic production of chemicals at the colloidal surfaces and a chemotactic coupling of the particles to the resulting chemical gradients. Careful inclusion of noise within our coarse grained descriptions will enrich the emerging self-organized spatiotemporal structures with phenomena based on nucleation and topological defects. Our findings are expected to inform design principles for activity-induced self-organization of soft materials; we also plan to link them with the physics of gene-surfing and the spatiotemporal organization of bacterial colonies.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2016 Aritra K. Mukhopadhyay, Benno Liebchen, Thomas Wulf, Peter Schmelcher
Freezing, accelerating, and slowing directed currents in real time with superimposed driven lattices
published pages: , ISSN: 2470-0045, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.93.052219
Physical Review E 93/5 2019-07-23
2016 Andrea Klumpp, Benno Liebchen, Peter Schmelcher
Quench dynamics of two coupled zig-zag ion chains
published pages: 2644-2649, ISSN: 0375-9601, DOI: 10.1016/j.physleta.2016.06.012
Physics Letters A 380/34 2019-07-23
2016 Benno Liebchen, Michael E. Cates, Davide Marenduzzo
Pattern formation in chemically interacting active rotors with self-propulsion
published pages: 7259-7264, ISSN: 1744-683X, DOI: 10.1039/C6SM01162D
Soft Matter 12/35 2019-07-23
2016 T. Le Goff, B. Liebchen, D. Marenduzzo
Pattern Formation in Polymerizing Actin Flocks: Spirals, Spots, and Waves without Nonlinear Chemistry
published pages: , ISSN: 0031-9007, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.117.238002
Physical Review Letters 117/23 2019-07-23
2017 Chris A. Brackley, Benno Liebchen, Davide Michieletto, Francois Mouvet, Peter R. Cook, Davide Marenduzzo
Ephemeral Protein Binding to DNA Shapes Stable Nuclear Bodies and Chromatin Domains
published pages: 1085-1093, ISSN: 0006-3495, DOI: 10.1016/j.bpj.2017.01.025
Biophysical Journal 112/6 2019-07-23
2015 Benno Liebchen, Davide Marenduzzo, Ignacio Pagonabarraga, Michael E. Cates
Clustering and Pattern Formation in Chemorepulsive Active Colloids
published pages: 258301-1 to 2583, ISSN: 0031-9007, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.115.258301
Physical Review Letters 115/25 2019-07-23

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