Physics and Astrophysics Research Seminar Series

When droplets come to life

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As part of the School of Science and Technology's Physics and Astrophysics Research Seminar Series, Kyle Baldwin, Nottingham Trent University presents: When droplets come to life.

  • From: Wednesday 23 October 2019, 1 pm
  • To: Wednesday 23 October 2019, 2 pm
  • Location: 015, CELS, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus, Clifton Lane, Nottingham, NG11 8NS

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Event details

As part of the School of Science and Technology's Physics and Astrophysics Research Seminar Series, Kyle Baldwin, Nottingham Trent University presents: When droplets come to life.

Abstract

Oil and water do not mix; they will repel each other as if mortal foes. The exception to this rule is in the case of an emulsion, where a third party (usually a surfactant) acts as an intermediary and allows coexistence in the form of a dispersion of tiny (often micro or nanoscopic) droplets. Most emulsions one would find are quasi-stable and inactive, however, a new form of oil-water mixture has caught researchers’ attention over the last decade: active emulsions. These are far-from-equilibrium mixtures, where, as hair-width sized oil droplets solubilize into a surfactant solution and evolve towards the desired equilibrium state of a nano-emulsion, the droplets self-propel; they swim! In this talk I will discuss the various observations, conclusions and developments myself and colleagues in the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization have made with this intriguing system of liquid microswimmers, including their biomimetic properties (e.g. food-seeking, clustering, self-division, maze-solving etc.) and the methods we have found to advance their utility (e.g. active microcompartments).

This seminar is hosted by Ian Shuttleworth

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For any enquires please contact Ian Shuttleworth

Location details

Room/Building:

015, CELS

Address:

Nottingham Trent University
Clifton Campus
Clifton Lane
Nottingham
NG11 8NS

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