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Electric field driven propulsion and collective dynamics of homogeneous and patchy colloidal capsules.

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Project "PaCDoC" data sheet

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Organization address
address: ul. Henryka Wieniawskiego 1
city: POZNAN
postcode: 61712

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 Coordinator Country Poland [PL]
 Total cost 134˙462 €
 EC max contribution 134˙462 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2016
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-04-01   to  2019-03-31


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 Project objective

Colloidal capsules are interesting from the point of view of both physics and application. They can be used for controlled material transport and targeted release, and they have shown tremendous potential for fabricating advanced materials through self-assembly. Recently, such capsules have also been able to propel in carrier fluid by methods including magnetic fields, thermal gradients and bubble propulsion mechanisms. Building on former research by the Experienced Researcher and the main supervisor, as well as new areas of expertise, this project will develop novel fabrication routes for microcapsules with and without functionalised shells (patchy capsules) and propel them over milimeter distances using external fields. The main objective of this action is to experimentally demonstrate propulsion of microcapsules via novel methods involving anisotropic electrodeformation and electrorotation. The experimental research will fill the missing gap in the field of propelling capsules, now mostly presented by computational and theoretical work.

There are many examples of collective phenomena in nature, ranging from swarming bacteria colonies to flocking animals, and much attention has been devoted to understanding and imitating their collective properties and behaviour. The research project will give the first experimental realisation of collective capsule dynamics by propelling hundreds of electrorotating capsules at boundaries. Such a system has enormous potential for future technology and will be helpful in many aspects, for example, to lower human infertility, design microrobots for drug delivery, biodegradation of environmental pollutants and control of material properties.

This proposal includes both the training of the candidate and a two-way transfer of knowledge with the host institution and partner organisations. The interdisciplinary aspect of the action is strong, involving a combination of soft-matter physics, medicine, engineering and applied sciences.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2017 Alexander Mikkelsen, Ahmet Kertmen, Khobaib Khobaib, Michal Rajňák, Juraj Kurimský, Zbigniew Rozynek
Assembly of 1D Granular Structures from Sulfonated Polystyrene Microparticles
published pages: 1212, ISSN: 1996-1944, DOI: 10.3390/ma10101212
Materials 10/10 2019-06-06
2017 Alexander Mikkelsen, Zbigniew Rozynek, Khobaib Khobaib, Paul Dommersnes, Jon Otto Fossum
Transient deformation dynamics of particle laden droplets in electric field
published pages: 252-256, ISSN: 0927-7757, DOI: 10.1016/j.colsurfa.2017.05.010
Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects 532 2019-06-06
2018 A. Mikkelsen, K. Khobaib, F. K. Eriksen, K. J. Måløy, Z. Rozynek
Particle-covered drops in electric fields: drop deformation and surface particle organization
published pages: 5442-5451, ISSN: 1744-683X, DOI: 10.1039/c8sm00915e
Soft Matter 14/26 2019-06-06
2017 Alexander Mikkelsen, Paul Dommersnes, Zbigniew Rozynek, Azarmidokht Gholamipour-Shirazi, Marcio da Silveira Carvalho, Jon Otto Fossum
Mechanics of Pickering Drops Probed by Electric Field–Induced Stress
published pages: 436, ISSN: 1996-1944, DOI: 10.3390/ma10040436
Materials 10/4 2019-06-06
2017 E. C. dos Santos, Z. Rozynek, E. L. Hansen, R. Hartmann-Petersen, R. N. Klitgaard, A. Løbner-Olesen, L. Michels, A. Mikkelsen, T. S. Plivelic, H. N. Bordallo, J. O. Fossum
Ciprofloxacin intercalated in fluorohectorite clay: identical pure drug activity and toxicity with higher adsorption and controlled release rate
published pages: 26537-26545, ISSN: 2046-2069, DOI: 10.1039/c7ra01384a
RSC Advances 7/43 2019-06-06
2019 Zbigniew Jerzy Rozynek, Khobaib Khobaib, Alexander Mikkelsen
Opening and Closing of Particle Shells on Droplets via Electric Fields and its Applications
published pages: , ISSN: 1944-8244, DOI: 10.1021/acsami.9b05194
ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 2019-06-06
2018 E.C. dos Santos, W.P. Gates, L. Michels, F. Juranyi, A. Mikkelsen, G.J. da Silva, J.O. Fossum, H.N. Bordallo
The pH influence on the intercalation of the bioactive agent ciprofloxacin in fluorohectorite
published pages: 288-298, ISSN: 0169-1317, DOI: 10.1016/j.clay.2018.09.029
Applied Clay Science 166 2019-06-06

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