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MPNS COST Action 1205
Advances in Optofluidics: Integration of Optical Control and Photonics with Microfluidics

European Cooperation in Science and Technology
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Department of Physics

Bilkent University, Turkey

Project Title:

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.

Funding sources:

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

Project leaders

Giovanni Volpe

People involved in the project

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