Leveraging collective effects in externally driven colloidal suspensions: experiments and simulations

Michelle Driscoll*, Blaise Delmotte

*Corresponding author for this work

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In this review article, we focus on collective motion in externally driven colloidal suspensions, as well as how these collective effects can be harnessed for use in microfluidic applications. We highlight the leading role of hydrodynamic interactions in the self-assembly, emergent behavior, transport, and mixing properties of colloidal suspensions. A special emphasis is given to recent numerical methods to simulate driven colloidal suspensions at large scales. In combination with experiments, they help us to understand emergent dynamics and to identify control parameters for both individual and collective motion in colloidal suspensions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)42-57
Number of pages16
JournalCurrent Opinion in Colloid and Interface Science
StatePublished - Mar 2019


  • Collective motion
  • Colloids
  • Experiments
  • Hydrodynamic interactions
  • Simulations
  • Transport and control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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