liquid crystal elastomers

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 9:00am - 9:50am
Oleg Lavrentovich (Kent State University)
Self-propelled bacteria are marvels of nature. If we can control their dynamics, we could use it to power microsystems of the future. Unfortunately, bacteria swim mostly randomly in isotropic liquids such as water. It is difficult to control their dynamics by factors other than transient gradients of nutrients; visual, acoustic and tactile communication channels that humans use to control large animals are not effective.
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