Study investigates the collective dynamics of 3D active matter systems
The term ‘active matter’ describes systems whose constituent elements consume energy and are thus out of equilibrium. Examples of interacting motile systems that display dazzling patterns include bird flocks, cell colonies and self-organising biopolymers. The EU-funded SpAM project plans to create 3D structures that include mechanically active materials assembled from colloidal spinners. In particular, the project aims to elucidate the interactions that dictate the collective dynamics of colloidal spinners. In addition, the study should help reveal how the intrinsic frustration of spinning motion at the microscopic scale shapes the macroscopic structure of spinning matter.
Fields of science
Funding SchemeERC-ADG - Advanced Grant
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