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Title: Particle self-diffusiophoresis near solid walls and interfaces
Authors: Crowdy, D
4th Micro and Nano Flows Conference (MNF2014)
Keywords: Self-diffusiophoresis;Janus particle;No-slip wall
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Brunel University London
Citation: 4th Micro and Nano Flows Conference, University College London, UK, 7-10 September 2014, Editors CS König, TG Karayiannis and S. Balabani
Series/Report no.: ID 231
Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to explore, from a theoretical viewpoint, the mechanisms whereby locomotion of low-Reynolds-number organisms and particles is affected by the presence of nearby no-slip surfaces and free capillary surfaces. First, we explore some simple models of the unsteady dynamics of low- Reynolds-number swimmers near a no-slip wall and driven by an arbitrarily imposed tangential surface slip. Next, the self-diffusiophoresis of a class of two-faced Janus particles propelled by the production of gradients in the concentration of a solute diffusing into a surrounding fluid at zero Reynolds and P´eclet numbers is studied, both in free space and near a no-slip wall. The added difficulty now is that the tangential slip is not arbitrarily chosen but is given by the solution of a separate boundary value problem for the solute concentration. Finally, an analysis of a model system is used to identify a mechanism whereby a non-self-propelling swimmer can harness the effects of surface tension and deformability of a nearby free surface to propel itself along it. The challenge here is that it is a free boundary problem requiring determination of the surface shape as part of the solution.
Description: This paper was presented at the 4th Micro and Nano Flows Conference (MNF2014), which was held at University College, London, UK. The conference was organised by Brunel University and supported by the Italian Union of Thermofluiddynamics, IPEM, the Process Intensification Network, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the Heat Transfer Society, HEXAG - the Heat Exchange Action Group, and the Energy Institute, ASME Press, LCN London Centre for Nanotechnology, UCL University College London, UCL Engineering, the International NanoScience Community,
ISBN: 978-1-908549-16-7
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