Towards Autonomous Soft Matter Systems

Experiments on Membranes and Active Emulsions

  • Shashi Thutupalli

Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  10. Back Matter
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About this book


This book focuses on the assembly, organization and resultant collective dynamics of soft matter systems maintained away from equilibrium  by an energy flux. Living matter is the ultimate example of such systems, which are comprised of different constituents on very different scales (ions, nucleic acids, proteins, cells). The result of their diverse interactions, maintained using the energy from physiological processes, is a fantastically well-organized and dynamic whole. This work describes results from minimal, biomimetic systems and primarily investigates membranes and active emulsions, as well as key aspects of both soft matter and non-equilibrium phenomena. It is shown that these minimal reconstitutions are already capable of a range of complex behaviour such as nonlinear electric responses, chemical communication and locomotion. These studies will bring us closer to a fundamental understanding of complex systems by reconstituting key aspects of their form and function in simple model systems. Further, they may also serve as the first technological steps towards artificial soft functional matter.


Active Emulsions Active Matter Complex Collective Behavior Functional Soft Matter Membrane Fusion Microfluidics and Membranes Protein Embedded Lipid Bilayers SNARE Fusion X-ray Imaging of Soft Matter

Authors and affiliations

  • Shashi Thutupalli
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  1. 1.Department of PhysicsPrinceton UniversityPrincetonUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-00734-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-00735-9
  • Series Print ISSN 2190-5053
  • Series Online ISSN 2190-5061
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