Networks of diffusively coupled inorganic oscillators, confined in nano- and microcompartments, are effective for predicting and understanding the global dynamics of those systems where the diffusion of activatory or inhibitory signals regulates the communication among different individuals. By taking advantage of a microfluidic device, we study the dynamics of arrays of diffusively coupled Belousov-Zhabotinsky (BZ) oscillators encapsulated in water-in-oil single emulsions. New synchronization patterns are induced and controlled by modulating the structural and chemical properties of the phospholipid-based biomimetic membranes via the introduction of specific dopants. Doping molecules do not alter the membrane basic backbone, but modify the lamellarity (and, in turn, the permeability) or interact chemically with the reaction intermediates. A transition from two-period clusters showing 1:2 period-locking to one-period antiphase synchronization is observed by decreasing the membrane lamellarity. An unsynchronized scenario is found when the dopant is able to interfere with chemical communication by reacting with the chemical messengers.
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|Titolo:||Membrane Structure Drives Synchronization Patterns in Arrays of Diffusively Coupled Self-Oscillating Droplets|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2020|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|