Bilkent University, Turkey
Sorting of microswimmers in microfluidic devices
We want to investigate experimentally and numerically the swimming behavior of active Brownian particles in complex surroundings (containing either static obstacles or a background of other passive/active particles), which appear to be more realistic for future conditions under which artificial microswimmers will be operated. We expect their behavior to largely differ from that in homogeneous surroundings; for example, the preferential swimming direction can be altered by the presence of periodic arrays of static obstacles and the interaction with passive particles can mediate long-ranged effective interactions between microswimmers leading to the formation of spatio-temporal patterns. We are planning to apply such results to develop novel sorting strategies of chiral particles and of different strains of bacteria.
We will apply for funding for this project to Tubitak (The scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey)
WG3: Materials (soft, bio and nano) and technologies for optofluidic devices