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Artificial micro-swimmers in simulated natural environments

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Microswimmers, such as bacteria, are known to show different behaviours depending on their local environment. They identify spatial chemical gradients to find nutrient rich areas (chemotaxis) and interact with shear flows to accumulate in high shear regions. Recently, artificial microswimmers have been developed which mimic their natural counterparts in many ways. One of the exciting topics in this field is to study these artificial motors in several natural settings like the ones bacteria interact with. In this Focus article, we summarize recent observations of artificial swimmers in chemical gradients, shear flows and other interesting natural environments simulated in the lab using microfluidics and nanotechnology.

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The article was first published on 16 Feb 2016

Article type: Focus
DOI: 10.1039/C6LC90022D
Citation: Lab Chip, 2016,16, 1101-1105
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    Artificial micro-swimmers in simulated natural environments

    J. Katuri, K. D. Seo, D. S. Kim and S. Sánchez, Lab Chip, 2016, 16, 1101
    DOI: 10.1039/C6LC90022D

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