Laboratoire des Interactions Moléculaires et Réactivité Chimique et Photochimique
UMR 5623

Active matter

Controlling the shape, the deformation or even the motility of a chemical system is the main goal of this research axis. Such a control is obtained by adjusting an experimental parameter such as the concentration of chemical species, the temperature or a magnetic field. Biocompatible gels are also designed for cell oriented growth or microscopy applications.
Two examples of this research are described below:

Metamorphosis of a droplet on a surfactant solution

CTAB concentration is the control parameter of a succession of highly ordered patterns recorded when a dichloromethane drop is placed on an aqueous solution.

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            0.25                                 0.5                                      10                                     30
                                                                     [CTAB]  / mM

Adding surfactant to the drop phase induces a pulsating regime showing a flower-like pattern during the receding stage.

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Marangoni-driven flower-like patterning of an evaporating drop spreading on a liquid substrate
Wodlei F. ; Sebilleau J. ; Magnaudet J. ; Pimienta V.
Nat. Commun., 2018, 9, 820

Polymer self-assemblies in cancer phototherapy

Upon irradiation, the photosensitizer pheophorbide-a encapsulated in a copolymer nanocarrier causes dramatic morphological transitions in giant unilamellar lipid vesicles thorugh an endocytosis-like process.

Extended photo-induced endosome-like structures in Giant Vesicles promoted by block-copolymer nanocarriers
Montis C. ; Till U. ; Vicendo P. ; Roux C. ; Mingotaud A.-F. ; Violleau F. ; Demazeau M. ; Berti D. ; Lonetti B.
Nanoscale 2018, 10, 15442-15446

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