Marco G. Mazza: The complex life of a microswimmer
Source: Monday physics colloquium
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The complex life of a microswimmer
Dr. Marco G. Mazza
Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization
Dynamics of Complex Fluids
Active particles convert energy from chemical, biochemical, or other processes into motion. Their collective motion has attracted enormous interest on account of the technological applications of artifcial and biological particles. By combining theoretical arguments, molecular dynamics simulations, and experiments we address the complex life of microswimmers in the presence of confining surfaces and hydrodynamic flow. Specifically, we will discuss motion in the presence of curved interfaces, and effects of flows on the clustering of microswimmers. We will conclude by discussing the role of hydrodynamics on swimmers motion.