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Digital Matter: Towards Colloidal Machines

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Recent advances in the sophistication of nanometer to micron-sized colloidal particles and their assemblies make possible the design and fabrication of functional colloidal elements that perform functions analogous to those observed in more traditional self-assembling robots comprised of macroscopic, table-top sized building blocks. These functional colloidal elements make possible colloidal memory and colloidal computing, colloidal actuation, colloidal bionics, and colloidal compartmentalization. In this talk, we present first steps towards the realization of colloidal machines via the design and synthesis of colloidal muscles, digital colloidal bits, bionic colloidal assemblies, and colloidal swarms.

This talk is part of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Flows (IEEF) series.

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