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Using self-driven microswimmers for particle separation

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Microscopic self-propelled swimmers capable of autonomous navigation through complex environments provide appealing opportunities for localization, pick-up and delivery of micro and nanoscopic objects. Inspired by motile cells and bacteria, man-made microswimmers have been fabricated, and their motion in patterned surroundings has been experimentally studied. We propose to use self-driven artificial microswimmers for the separation of binary mixtures of colloids. We revealed different regimes of separation, including one with a velocity inversion. Our findings could be of use for various biological and medical applications.

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14 Dec 2011
12 Mar 2012
First published
26 Mar 2012

Soft Matter, 2012,8, 5175-5179
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Using self-driven microswimmers for particle separation

W. Yang, V. R. Misko, K. Nelissen, M. Kong and F. M. Peeters, Soft Matter, 2012, 8, 5175
DOI: 10.1039/C2SM07382J

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