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Steering self-organisation through confinement
Araújo, Nuno A. M.; Janssen, Liesbeth; Marin, Alvaro et al.
2023In Soft Matter
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Keywords :
self-organization; confinement; active matter; feedback; multi-scale
Abstract :
[en] Self-organisation is the spontaneous emergence of spatio-temporal structures and patterns from the interaction of smaller individual units. Examples are found across many scales in very different systems and scientific disciplines, from physics, materials science and robotics to biology, geophysics and astronomy. Recent research has highlighted how self-organisation can be both mediated and controlled by confinement. Confinement is an action over a system that limits its units’ translational and rotational degrees of freedom, thus also influencing the system’s phase space probability density; it can function as either a catalyst or inhibitor of self-organisation. Confinement can then become a means to actively steer the emergence or suppression of collective phenomena in space and time. Here, to provide a common framework and perspective for future research, we examine the role of confinement in the self-organisation of soft-matter systems and identify overarching scientific challenges that need to be addressed to harness its full scientific and technological potential in soft matter and related fields. By drawing analogies with other disciplines, this framework will accelerate a common deeper understanding of self-organisation and trigger the development of innovative strategies to steer it using confinement, with impact on, e.g., the design of smarter materials, tissue engineering for biomedicine and in guiding active matter.
Disciplines :
Physical, chemical, mathematical & earth Sciences: Multidisciplinary, general & others
Materials science & engineering
Life sciences: Multidisciplinary, general & others
Author, co-author :
Araújo, Nuno A. M.
Janssen, Liesbeth
Marin, Alvaro
Volpe, Giorgio
Sengupta, Anupam ;  University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Science, Technology and Medicine (FSTM) > Department of Physics and Materials Science (DPHYMS)
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Title :
Steering self-organisation through confinement
Publication date :
06 February 2023
Journal title :
Soft Matter
Publisher :
Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Peer reviewed :
Peer Reviewed verified by ORBi
Focus Area :
Physics and Materials Science
FnR Project :
FNR11572821 > Anupam Sengupta > MBRACE > Biophysics Of Microbial Adaptation To Fluctuations In The Environment > 15/05/2018 > 14/05/2023 > 2017
Funders :
FNR - Fonds National de la Recherche


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