active gel

Friday, January 19, 2018 - 3:30pm - 4:20pm
Leonid Berlyand (The Pennsylvania State University)
We begin from reviewing two concepts, motility in living systems, and active matter (also known as active materials). The main part of the talk is concerned with PDE models of two specific types of active matter: (i) suspensions of swimming bacteria and (ii) active gels that are networks of cross linked filaments subjected to action of energy transducing molecular motors. First we present a brief review of our past work on bacteria swimming in Newtonian fluids and current work in progress of bacteria swimming in liquid crystals.
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