An Oil Droplet Division–Fusion Cycle

Authors

  • Dr. Filippo Caschera,

    1. Center for Fundamental Living Technology (FLinT), Department of Physics, Chemistry and Pharmacy, University of Southern Denmark, Campusvej 55 5230 Odense M (Denmark)
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  • Prof. Steen Rasmussen,

    1. Center for Fundamental Living Technology (FLinT), Department of Physics, Chemistry and Pharmacy, University of Southern Denmark, Campusvej 55 5230 Odense M (Denmark)
    2. Santa Fe Institute, 1399 Hyde Park Rd, Santa Fe NM 87501, USA
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  • Prof. Martin M. Hanczyc

    Corresponding author
    1. Center for Fundamental Living Technology (FLinT), Department of Physics, Chemistry and Pharmacy, University of Southern Denmark, Campusvej 55 5230 Odense M (Denmark)
    • Center for Fundamental Living Technology (FLinT), Department of Physics, Chemistry and Pharmacy, University of Southern Denmark, Campusvej 55 5230 Odense M (Denmark)
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Abstract

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Well-oiled machine: Micro and macroscale self-assembled oil droplet structures are viable technologies for drug delivery as well as plausible models for self-replicating materials. When far from equilibrium, droplet systems can become dynamic and effect their own growth and division. Together fusion and division (see figure) demonstrates a droplet replication cycle.

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