Can we exploit hydrodynamic instabilities to trigger an efficient, selective and spontaneous flow of encapsulated chemical information? One possible answer to this question is presented in this paper where cross-diffusion, which commonly characterizes compartmentalized dispersed systems, is shown to initiate buoyancy-driven hydrodynamic instabilities. A general theoretical framework allows us to predict and classify cross-diffusion-induced convection in two-layer stratifications under the action of the gravitational field. The related nonlinear dynamics is described by a cross-diffusion-convection (CDC) model where fickian diffusion is coupled to the Stokes equations. We identify two types of hydrodynamic modes (the negative cross-diffusion-driven convection, NCC, and the positive cross-diffusion-driven convection, PCC) corresponding to the sign of the cross-diffusion term dominating the system dynamics. We finally show how AOT water-in-oil reverse microemulsions are an ideal model system to confirm the general theory and to approach experimentally cross-diffusion-induced hydrodynamic scenarios.

From microscopic compartmentalization to hydrodynamic patterns: New pathways for information transport / Budroni, Marcello Antonio; Carballido-Landeira, Jorge; Intiso, Adriano; Lemaigre, Lorena; De Wit, Anne; Rossi, Federico. - 587:(2016), pp. 171-183. [10.1007/978-3-319-32695-5_16]

From microscopic compartmentalization to hydrodynamic patterns: New pathways for information transport

BUDRONI, Marcello Antonio
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2016

Abstract

Can we exploit hydrodynamic instabilities to trigger an efficient, selective and spontaneous flow of encapsulated chemical information? One possible answer to this question is presented in this paper where cross-diffusion, which commonly characterizes compartmentalized dispersed systems, is shown to initiate buoyancy-driven hydrodynamic instabilities. A general theoretical framework allows us to predict and classify cross-diffusion-induced convection in two-layer stratifications under the action of the gravitational field. The related nonlinear dynamics is described by a cross-diffusion-convection (CDC) model where fickian diffusion is coupled to the Stokes equations. We identify two types of hydrodynamic modes (the negative cross-diffusion-driven convection, NCC, and the positive cross-diffusion-driven convection, PCC) corresponding to the sign of the cross-diffusion term dominating the system dynamics. We finally show how AOT water-in-oil reverse microemulsions are an ideal model system to confirm the general theory and to approach experimentally cross-diffusion-induced hydrodynamic scenarios.
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From microscopic compartmentalization to hydrodynamic patterns: New pathways for information transport / Budroni, Marcello Antonio; Carballido-Landeira, Jorge; Intiso, Adriano; Lemaigre, Lorena; De Wit, Anne; Rossi, Federico. - 587:(2016), pp. 171-183. [10.1007/978-3-319-32695-5_16]
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