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The European Physical Journal Special Topics

, Volume 225, Issue 4, pp 699–706 | Cite as

Electro-hydrodynamic propulsion of counter-rotating Pickering drops

  • P. DommersnesEmail author
  • A. Mikkelsen
  • J.O. Fossum
Regular Article
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Cooperative Particles: Patchy Colloids, Active Matter and Nanofluids

Abstract

Insulating particles or drops suspended in carrier liquids may start to rotate with a constant frequency when subjected to a uniform DC electric field. This is known as the Quincke rotation electro-hydrodynamic instability. A single isolated rotating particle exhibit no translational motion at low Reynolds number, however interacting rotating particles may move relative to one another. Here we present a simple system consisting of two interacting and deformable Quincke rotating particle covered drops, i.e. deformable Pickering drops. The drops attract one another and spontaneously form a counter-rotating pair that exhibits electro-hydrodynamic driven propulsion at low Reynolds number flow.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhysicsNorwegian University of Science and TechnologyTrondheimNorway

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