Chapter 11: Collective Behaviour of Artificial Microswimmers in Response to Environmental Conditions

A. Altemose, A. Sen

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In recent years, many examples have arisen of artificial microswimmers that mimic the collective behaviour of biological systems, such as bacterial colonies and schools of fish. These synthetic systems demonstrate behaviours such as chemotaxis, pattern formation, predator-prey relationships, and even oscillatory dynamics under non-equilibrium conditions in response to their environment. In this chapter, we will discuss the motivation for studying these collections of artificial microswimmers, the mechanisms of individual particle motion, the types of collective behaviour observed for these systems, and the outlook for potential applications of collective behaviour in these systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSelf-organized Motion
Subtitle of host publicationPhysicochemical Design based on Nonlinear Dynamics
EditorsIstvan Lagzi, Veronique Pimienta, Nobuhiko J. Suematsu, Satoshi Nakata, Hiroyuki Kitahata
PublisherRoyal Society of Chemistry
Number of pages34
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

Publication series

NameRSC Theoretical and Computational Chemistry Series
ISSN (Print)2041-3181
ISSN (Electronic)2041-319X


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Computer Science Applications

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Altemose, A., & Sen, A. (2019). Chapter 11: Collective Behaviour of Artificial Microswimmers in Response to Environmental Conditions. In I. Lagzi, V. Pimienta, N. J. Suematsu, S. Nakata, & H. Kitahata (Eds.), Self-organized Motion: Physicochemical Design based on Nonlinear Dynamics (14 ed., pp. 250-283). (RSC Theoretical and Computational Chemistry Series; Vol. 2019-January, No. 14). Royal Society of Chemistry.