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Active micromachines: Microfluidics powered by mesoscale turbulence

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Dense active matter, from bacterial suspensions and microtubule bundles driven by motor proteins to cellular monolayers and synthetic Janus particles, is characterised by mesoscale turbulence, the emergence of chaotic flow structures. By immersing an ordered array of symmetric rotors in an active fluid, we introduce a microfluidic system that exploits spontaneous symmetry breaking in mesoscale turbulence to generate work. The lattice of rotors self-organises into a spin-state where neighbouri...

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10.1126/sciadv.1501854

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University of Oxford
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MPLS
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Physics
Sub department:
Theoretical Physics
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University of Oxford
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MPLS
Department:
Physics
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Theoretical Physics
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS
Department:
Physics
Sub department:
Theoretical Physics
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS
Department:
Physics
Sub department:
Theoretical Physics
Role:
Author
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS
Department:
Physics
Sub department:
Theoretical Physics
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European Research Council
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Advanced Grant 291234 MiCE
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European Molecular Biology Organisation
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ALTF181-2013
Publisher:
American Association for the Advancement of Science
Journal:
Science Advances More from this journal
Publication date:
2016-07-08
Acceptance date:
2016-06-14
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EISSN:
2375-2548
ISSN:
2375-2548
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pubs:629282
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uuid:674d9d4c-572e-4c43-984d-0321c5645908
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pubs:629282
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629282
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2016-06-22

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