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Recent Progress in Modeling Collective Hydrodynamics of Amphiphiles and Drops of Active Fluid


Oct 14, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am


Rettaliata Engineering Center, Room 034


Yuan-Nan Young
Department of Mathematical Sciences, New Jersey Institute of Technology


In this talk I will present recent progress in modeling and simulating the collective hydrodynamics of (1) amphiphiles (such as lipid macromolecules) and (2) drops of active fluids. In (1) I will describe how hydrophobic interactions between amphiphiles in solvents dominate their collective hydrodynamics and dictate their self assembly into micelles, planar membranes, and vesicle membranes. Furthermore we show that such collectives behave with mechanical properties described by Helfrich free-energy of an elastic membrane. We also demonstrate that under flowing conditions the collective exhibits hydrodynamics observed for their macroscopic counter parts. In (2) I will first formulate the active fluids in terms of active nematic liquid, and I will demonstrate how a deformable interface couples to the activity in the interior fluid. I will then show the collective hydrodynamics of active drops driven by their interior activities.

(1) is a collaboration with Szu-Pei Fu and Rolf Ryham from Fordham University. (2) is a collaboration with David Stein and Mike Shelley from Flatiron Institute. This work is supported by NSF and Flatiron Institute.

Event Type: 

Department of Applied Mathematics - Stochastic & Multiscale Modeling and Computation Seminar