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Keywords:

  • fission;
  • fusion;
  • interfacial tension;
  • oil droplet;
  • replication cycle
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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.