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Séminaire de Jérémine Palacci

Out-of-Equilibriumness of Light Activated Colloids

Jérémie Palacci

Soft Matter Center, New York University

Self-propelled micro-particles are intrinsically out-of-equilibrium. This renders their physics far richer than that of passive colloids while relaxing some thermodynamical constraints and give rise to the emergence of complex phenomena e.g. collective behavior, swarming…

We will present a new form of self-assembly originating from non-equilibrium driving forces. When activated by light, a set of new self-propelled particles spontaneously assemble into living crystals which behaves as " self-propelled colloidal carpets" steerable with an external magnetic field. We will show that this phenomenon is intrinsically out-of-equilibrium and originates in the competition between self-propulsion, particles collisions and attractive interactions. The applications and the use of this system for colloidal cargo transportation in microfluidic will also be discussed.