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ComplexSwimmers SIGNED

Biocompatible and Interactive Artificial Micro- and Nanoswimmers and Their Applications

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Project "ComplexSwimmers" data sheet

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 Coordinator Country Sweden [SE]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙497˙500 €
 EC max contribution 1˙497˙500 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2015-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-09-01   to  2021-08-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    GOETEBORGS UNIVERSITET SE (GOETEBORG) coordinator 1˙497˙500.00


 Project objective

Microswimmers, i.e., biological and artificial microscopic objects capable of self-propulsion, have been attracting a growing interest from the biological and physical communities. From the fundamental side, their study can shed light on the far-from-equilibrium physics underlying the adaptive and collective behavior of biological entities such as chemotactic bacteria and eukaryotic cells. From the more applied side, they provide tantalizing options to perform tasks not easily achievable with other available techniques, such as the targeted localization, pick-up and delivery of microscopic and nanoscopic cargoes, e.g., in drug delivery, bioremediation and chemical sensing. However, there are still several open challenges that need to be tackled in order to achieve the full scientific and technological potential of microswimmers in real-life settings. The main challenges are: (1) to identify a biocompatible propulstion mechanism and energy supply capable of lasting for the whole particle life-cycle; (2) to understand their behavior in complex and crowded environments; (3) to learn how to engineer emergent behaviors; and (4) to scale down their dimensions towards the nanoscale. This project aims at tackling these challenges by developing biocompatible microswimmers capable of elaborate behaviors, by engineering their performance when interacting with other particles and with a complex environment, and by developing working nanoswimmers. To achieve these goals, we have laid out a roadmap that will lead us to push the frontiers of the current understanding of active matter both at the mesoscopic and at the nanoscopic scale, and will permit us to develop some technologically disruptive techniques, namely, targeted delivery of cargoes within complex environments, which is of interest for drug delivery and bioremediation, and efficient sorting of chiral nanoparticles, which is of interest for biomedical and pharmaceutical applications.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Stefano Bo, Falko Schmidt, Ralf Eichhorn, Giovanni Volpe
Measurement of anomalous diffusion using recurrent neural networks
published pages: , ISSN: 2470-0045, DOI: 10.1103/physreve.100.010102
Physical Review E 100/1 2019-10-10
2019 Rafal Piwowarczyk, Martin Selin, Thomas Ihle, Giovanni Volpe
Influence of sensorial delay on clustering and swarming
published pages: , ISSN: 2470-0045, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.100.012607
Physical Review E 100/1 2019-10-10
2019 Fatemeh Kalantarifard, Parviz Elahi, Ghaith Makey, Onofrio M. Maragò, F. Ömer Ilday, Giovanni Volpe
Intracavity optical trapping of microscopic particles in a ring-cavity fiber laser
published pages: , ISSN: 2041-1723, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-10662-7
Nature Communications 10/1 2019-10-10
2019 Saga Helgadottir, Aykut Argun, Giovanni Volpe
Digital video microscopy enhanced by deep learning
published pages: 506, ISSN: 2334-2536, DOI: 10.1364/optica.6.000506
Optica 6/4 2019-10-10
2017 Aykut Argun, Jalpa Soni, Lennart Dabelow, Stefano Bo, Giuseppe Pesce, Ralf Eichhorn, Giovanni Volpe
Experimental realization of a minimal microscopic heat engine
published pages: , ISSN: 2470-0045, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.96.052106
Physical Review E 96/5 2019-07-08
2018 Falko Schmidt, Alessandro Magazzù, Agnese Callegari, Luca Biancofiore, Frank Cichos, Giovanni Volpe
Microscopic Engine Powered by Critical Demixing
published pages: , ISSN: 0031-9007, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.120.068004
Physical Review Letters 120/6 2019-07-08
2017 Giorgio Volpe, Giovanni Volpe
The topography of the environment alters the optimal search strategy for active particles
published pages: 11350-11355, ISSN: 0027-8424, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1711371114
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 114/43 2019-07-08
2017 Simon Nilsson, Giovanni Volpe
Metastable clusters and channels formed by active particles with aligning interactions
published pages: 115008, ISSN: 1367-2630, DOI: 10.1088/1367-2630/aa9516
New Journal of Physics 19/11 2019-07-08
2018 Robert Malinowski, Giovanni Volpe, Ivan P. Parkin, Giorgio Volpe
Dynamic Control of Particle Deposition in Evaporating Droplets by an External Point Source of Vapor
published pages: 659-664, ISSN: 1948-7185, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.7b02831
The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 9/3 2019-07-08
2018 Maximilian Leyman, Freddie Ogemark, Jan Wehr, Giovanni Volpe
Tuning phototactic robots with sensorial delays
published pages: , ISSN: 2470-0045, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.98.052606
Physical Review E 98/5 2019-04-18
2019 Falko Schmidt, Benno Liebchen, Hartmut Löwen, Giovanni Volpe
Light-controlled assembly of active colloidal molecules
published pages: 94905, ISSN: 0021-9606, DOI: 10.1063/1.5079861
The Journal of Chemical Physics 150/9 2019-04-16
2018 Laura Pérez García, Jaime Donlucas Pérez, Giorgio Volpe, Alejandro V. Arzola, Giovanni Volpe
High-performance reconstruction of microscopic force fields from Brownian trajectories
published pages: , ISSN: 2041-1723, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-07437-x
Nature Communications 9/1 2019-04-18
2019 Alessandro Magazzù, Agnese Callegari, Juan Pablo Staforelli, Andrea Gambassi, Siegfried Dietrich, Giovanni Volpe
Controlling the dynamics of colloidal particles by critical Casimir forces
published pages: 2152-2162, ISSN: 1744-683X, DOI: 10.1039/c8sm01376d
Soft Matter 15/10 2019-04-16
2018 Kilian Dietrich, Giovanni Volpe, Muhammad Nasruddin Sulaiman, Damian Renggli, Ivo Buttinoni, Lucio Isa
Active Atoms and Interstitials in Two-Dimensional Colloidal Crystals
published pages: , ISSN: 0031-9007, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.120.268004
Physical Review Letters 120/26 2019-04-18

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