Periodic Reporting for period 1 - GelSwimming (Bacterial motion in polymer solutions and biogels)
Reporting period: 2016-02-26 to 2018-02-25
solutions and gels is possible. In contrast to existing theories on swimming in viscoelastic fluids we explicitly model the polymers and the bacteria via mesoscale computer simulations. Our novel approach enabled us to identify the microscopic conditions for bacterial locomotion in gels and the conditions for immobility (gel-trapping). Our findings may also inspire biologists and medical researchers in designing novel medication and finding strategies to avoid bacterial invasion into mucus, of relevance to both the prevention of human disease and the degradation of corals.