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Collective Phenomena in dense Active Matter: phase transitions and non-equilibrium dynamics.

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 Coordinator Country Spain [ES]
 Project website
 Total cost 158˙121 €
 EC max contribution 158˙121 € (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 2015-07-15   to  2017-08-13


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA ES (BARCELONA) coordinator 158˙121.00


 Project objective

The overall aim of the research activities presented in this proposal is to elucidate the general principles governing the physics of many-body systems of active particles when excluded-volume interactions compete with internal driving forces. We aim to reach a general understanding of this novel class of “active materials” and give an answer to the following question: How are the structure of the liquid and solid phases, and their mechanical response to an applied deformation, affected by self-propulsion? Statistical mechanics can efficiently deal with a broad class of soft matter systems at thermal equilibrium. However, active matter evolves in a non-equilibrium manner, as it is made of elements which have their own source of motion, which demands a new conceptual framework to describe it. By combining numerical simulations and theoretical analysis of model systems, we intend to get new quantitative predictions that can be tested experimentally in suspensions of self-propelled colloids, active emulsions or dense assemblies of cells, and exploit our results to design and characterise novel materials through collaboration with experimental groups. The completion of this programme will represent a major contribution into this fast-growing field with direct applications in materials science and biophysics: the engineering of synthetic materials that mimic the behaviour of living matter is a major challenge of current science and technology.


year authors and title journal last update
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2017 Demian Levis, Ignacio Pagonabarraga, Albert Díaz-Guilera
Synchronization in Dynamical Networks of Locally Coupled Self-Propelled Oscillators
published pages: , ISSN: 2160-3308, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevX.7.011028
Physical Review X 7/1 2019-07-24
2017 Demian Levis, Joan Codina and Ignacio Pagonabarraga
Active Brownian Equation of State: Metastability and Phase Coexistence
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arxiv:1703.02412 2019-07-24
2017 Benno Liebchen, Demian Levis
Collective Behavior of Chiral Active Matter: Pattern Formation and Enhanced Flocking
published pages: , ISSN: 0031-9007, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.119.058002
Physical Review Letters 119/5 2019-07-24

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