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Séminaire MSC. Lundi 10 Mars 2014. Salima Rafai (LiPhy, Grenoble) :"Hydrodynamics of microswimmer suspensions"

Sauf mention contraire, les séminaires et les soutenances se déroulent à 11h30 en salle 454A du bâtiment Condorcet.


Salima Rafaï

Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire de Physique

Grenoble.

Hydrodynamics of microswimmer suspensions

Suspensions of motile living organisms represent a non equilibrium system of condensed matter of great interest on a fundamental point of view as well as for industrial applications. These are suspensions composed of self-driven units - active particles- able to convert stored energy into movement. Interactions between active particles and the liquid they are swimming in give rise to mechanical stresses and large scale collective motion that have recently attracted a lot of interest in physics and mechanics communities. From the industrial point of view, microalgae are used in many applications ranging from the food industry to the development of new generations of biofuels. The biggest challenges concerning all this applications are the separation, filtration and concentration processes of microalgae. There is thus a real need of a better understanding of the flow of active matter to achieve a optimal control of these systems. Our recent work on microswimmer suspensions will be presented here. In particular, we have recently shown that hydrodynamics of a microalgae suspension coupled with phototaxis* leads to a spontaneous concentration of the suspension toward the center of the channel. Experiments as well as simulations will be presented.

*Biased movement that occurs when an organism moves in response to the stimulus of light.


Contact : Équipe séminaires / Seminar team - Published on / Publié le 13 janvier 2014


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