Tag Archives: self-assembly

3D printing contributes to self-assembly

Self-assembly due to capillary forces is a common method for generating 2D mesoscale structures from identical floating particles at the liquid-air interface [1]. In a recent work, we show that different mesoscopic structures can be obtained using the magnetic Cheerios … Continue reading

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Magnetic ghosts and monopoles

In our new paper published in New Journal of Physics [1], we present the physics of assemblies composed of magnetized spheres. Although magnetic assemblies possess some features of magnetic colloids and particles, they remain athermal systems. Contrary to the apparent … Continue reading

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Magnetic Cheerios Patterns

The “Cheerios effect” [1] is known as the capillary attraction between identical floating objects at some liquid-air interface, similarly to the case of the famous cereals in a bowl. The capillary attraction is a major ingredient in mesoscale self-assembly. In … Continue reading

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Self-assembled microswimmers

Locomotion at low Reynolds number is a key physical mechanism [1] for microscopic living organisms, but has lots of technological applications like nanomachines and microrobots [2]. Our last paper [3] proposes a tricky experiment for generating low Reynolds swimming of … Continue reading

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3d printing revolution in the lab

Recent articles [1-3] emphasized the interest of 3d printing for scientists. In addition to pedagogical activities, during which students experience 3d models, scientific research can benefit a lot from such a technique. Scientists may build complex structures and may dream … Continue reading

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