planned for September-December 2019

Martina Clairand Gomez (PhD candidate)

Home Institution
Gulliver Lab, École supérieure de physique et de chimie industrielles de la ville de Paris (ESPCI).

Host Contact
Dr. Jordi Ignés Mullol

Host Institution
Self-organized complexity and self-assembling materials (SOC&SAM), University of Barcelona.

Aim of the mission

The aim of this collaborative project is to study the defect-mediated assembly of active nematic droplets embedded in a passive liquid crystal, in terms of both structure and collective dynamics. From a fundamental point of view, this study will elucidate the synchronization of biological oscillators, observed for example in the cooperative action of micrometre-sized cytoskeletal elements involved in the transport of material within cells. Beyond this interest, in the future, we can envisage the realization of functional soft materials capable of locomotion by its synchronous dynamics.