Motion analysis of light-powered autonomous silver chloride nanomotors

W. Duan, M. Ibele, R. Liu, A. Sena

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Powered by UV light, nano/micrometer-sized silver chloride particles exhibit autonomous movement and form schools in aqueous solution, i.e. regions in which the number density of particles is significantly higher than the global average. In this paper, the silver chloride particles in such a system are classified by their proximity to other AgCl particles -be they isolated, coupled or schooled- and their motion paths are tracked and analyzed. By plotting time-averaged mean squared displacements of each particle over various time intervals from 0.1 s to 15.0 s, we discover different diffusive behaviors for the three classes of silver chloride particles.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number77
JournalEuropean Physical Journal E
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biotechnology
  • Biophysics
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Surfaces and Interfaces


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