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Active colloidal microdrills

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We demonstrate a chemically driven, autonomous catalytic microdrill. An asymmetric distribution of catalyst causes the helical swimmer to twist while it undergoes directed propulsion. A driving torque and hydrodynamic coupling between translation and rotation at low Reynolds number leads to drill-like swimming behaviour.

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20 Jan 2015
06 Feb 2015
First published
06 Feb 2015

Chem. Commun., 2015,51, 4192-4195
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Active colloidal microdrills

J. G. Gibbs and P. Fischer, Chem. Commun., 2015, 51, 4192
DOI: 10.1039/C5CC00565E

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