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Stewart Mallory, PhD

Stewart Mallory, PhD
Program:
Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow

Award Year:
2019

Institution:
California Institute of Technology

Transfer Institution:

Email:
smallory@caltech.edu

Research Title:
A vertical approach to colloidal active matter

The primary focus of this proposal is to use state of the art computer simulations to accurately model the behavior of active colloids, which can be thought of as synthetic swimming bacteria. An active colloid can autonomously navigate complex microscopic environments conjuring up a host of appealing applications, which include targeted drug delivery, the repair of cellular tissues within the body, the clean-up and neutralization of environmental pollutants, and the massive parallel assembly of microscopic machines. There is a high level of optimism that all these applications and many more will be realized in the near future, but first, we must understand the true individual and collective dynamics in these complex microscopic environments. Computer simulations allow us to systematically characterize the various forces (hydrodynamic, electrostatic, lubrication, etc.) in these microscopic systems, and provide deep insights into how they can be exploited to manipulate matter at the microscale.

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