Chin. Phys. Lett.  2020, Vol. 37 Issue (5): 050501    DOI: 10.1088/0256-307X/37/5/050501
Self-Assembly of Dimer Motors under Confined Conditions
An Zhou1, Li-Yan Qiao1, Gui-Na Wei2**, Zhou-Ting Jiang3, Ye-Hua Zhao1**
1Department of Physics, Hangzhou Dianzi University, Hangzhou 310018
2Departments of Renal Medicine, The Second Affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang University College of Medicine, Hangzhou 310009
3Department of Physics, China Jiliang University, Hangzhou 310018
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An Zhou, Li-Yan Qiao, Gui-Na Wei et al  2020 Chin. Phys. Lett. 37 050501
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Abstract Chemically synthetic nanomotors can consume fuel in the environment and utilize the self-generated concentration gradient to self-propel themselves in the system. We study the collective dynamics of an ensemble of sphere dimers built from linked catalytic and noncatalytic monomers. Because of the confinement from the fuel field and the interactions among motors, the ensemble of dimer motors can self-organize into various nanostructures, such as a radial pattern in the spherical fuel field and a staggered radial pattern in a cylindrical fuel field. The influence of the dimer volume fraction on the self-assembly is also investigated and the formed nanostructures are analyzed in detail. The results presented here may give insight into the application of the self-assembly of active materials.
Received: 21 January 2020      Published: 25 April 2020
PACS:  05.40.Jc (Brownian motion)  
  82.70.Dd (Colloids)  
  82.40.Ck (Pattern formation in reactions with diffusion, flow and heat transfer)  
Fund: Supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11674080, 11974094, and 21873087).
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