Spatiotemporal control of cargo delivery performed by programmable self-propelled Janus droplets

Li, Menglin, Brinkmann, Martin, Pagonabarraga, Ignacio, Seemann, Ralf and Fleury, Jean-Baptiste (2018) Spatiotemporal control of cargo delivery performed by programmable self-propelled Janus droplets. Communications Physics, 1 (1). p. 23. ISSN 2399-3650

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Abstract

Self-propelled droplets capable of transporting cargo to specific target locations are desired tools for many future applications. Here we propose a class of active droplets with programmable delivery time that are attracted or repelled by certain obstacle geometries. These droplets consist of a water/ethanol mixture and are dispersed in an oil/surfactant solution. Owing to a mass exchange between fluid phases during self-propulsion, the initially homogeneous droplets spontaneously de-mix and evolve into characteristic Janus droplets. Cargo molecules, like DNA, can be separated into the trailing ethanol-rich droplet and are carried to their target location “like in a backpack”. The delayed onset of phase separation provides a handle to control the time frame of delivery, while long-ranged hydrodynamic interactions and short-ranged wetting forces are exploited to achieve the desired spatial specificity with respect to obstacle geometry and surface chemistry.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: F300 Physics
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2019 13:47
Last Modified: 02 Jan 2020 11:15
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/41075

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