Geometrical Performance of Self-Phoretic Colloids and Microswimmers

Amir Nourhani, Paul E. Lammert

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Within a unified formulation - encompassing self-electrophoresis, self-diffusiophoresis, and self-thermophoresis - we provide a simple integral kernel transforming the relevant surface flux to particle velocity for any spheroid with axisymmetric surface activity and uniform phoretic mobility. Appropriate scaling of the speed allows a dimensionless measure of the motion-producing performance of the motor shape and activity distribution across the surface. For bipartite designs with piecewise uniform flux over complementary surface regions, the performance is mapped out over the entire range of geometry (from discotic through spherical to rodlike shapes) and of bipartitioning, and intermediate aspect ratios that maximize performance are identified. Comparisons are made to experimental data from the literature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number178302
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number17
StatePublished - Apr 27 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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