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The role played by interactions in the assembly of active colloids

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  • UserChantal Valeriani (Univ Complutense Madrid)
  • ClockTuesday 18 June 2019, 13:00-14:00
  • HouseMR11, CMS.

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Active matter systems are composed of constituents that consume energy in order to move or exert mechanical forces, constantly driving themselves away from equilibrium [1]. Examples of active particles are living, such as bacteria, or artificial, such as active colloids [2,3].

Experiments on spherical man-made self-propelled colloids have shown that active particles present interesting emergent collective properties [4–6], such as motility-induced phase separation (MIPS), involving spontaneous assembly of particles due to the persistence of their direction of motion [7]. An example of colloids undergoing MIPS under suitable conditions are Active Brownian Particles (ABP), i.e. self-propelled Brownian particles interacting with each other via a purely repulsive potential [8].

In order to design novel functional materials, one might need to gain control on the self-assembly process of active colloids. With this goal in mind, we have explored the competition between activity and a broad range of interactions between active colloids, ranging from isotropic (strongly repulsive [9,15,17], attractive [10,11], micelle-inducing [12]) to anisotropic (Janus-like [13]), unravelling the relevance of hydrodynamics [11,14,16].

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[9] Diego Rogel Rodriguez, Francisco Alarcon, Raul Martinez, Jorge Ramirez,

and Chantal Valeriani, in preparation (2018)

[10] B. Mognetti, A. Saric, S. Angioletti-Uberti, A. Cacciuto, C. Valeriani and D.

Frenkel Phys.Rev.Lett., 111 245702 (2013)

[11] F.Alarcon, C.Valeriani and I.Pagonabarraga Soft Matter 10.1039/

C6SM01752E (2017)

[12] C.Tung, J.Harder, C.Valeriani and A.Cacciuto, Soft Matter 12 555 (2016)

[13] S.Mallory, F.Alarcon, A.Cacciuto and C.Valeriani New Journal of Physics

(2017)

[14] F.Alarcon, E.Navarro, C.Valeriani and I.Pagonabarraga, PRE in press

(2019)

[15] J.Harder, S.Mallory, C.Tung, C.Valeriani and A.Cacciuto, J.Chem.Phys. 141

194901 (2014)

[16] R.Martinez, F.Alarcon, D.R.Rodiguez, J.L.Aragones and C.Valeriani, EPJE

41 91 (2018)

[17] Diego Rogel Rodriguez, Francisco Alarcon, Raul Martinez, Jorge Ramirez,

and Chantal Valeriani, in preparation (2019)

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