Droplet ripening in concentration gradients

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Title: Droplet ripening in concentration gradients
Authors: Weber, CA
Lee, CF
Juelicher, F
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: Living cells use phase separation and concentration gradients to organize chemical compartments in space. Here, we present a theoretical study of droplet dynamics in gradient systems. We derive the corresponding growth law of droplets and fi nd that droplets exhibit a drift velocity and position dependent growth. As a consequence, the dissolution boundary moves through the system, thereby segregating droplets to one end. We show that for steep enough gradients, the ripening leads to a transient arrest of droplet growth that is induced by a narrowing of the droplet size distribution.
Issue Date: 17-May-2017
Date of Acceptance: 5-Apr-2017
ISSN: 1367-2630
Publisher: IOP Publishing
Journal / Book Title: New Journal of Physics
Volume: 19
Copyright Statement: © 2017 IOP Publishing Ltd and Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft. Original content from this work may be used under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 licence. Any further distribution of this work must maintain attribution to the author (s) and the title of the work, journal citation and DOI.
Keywords: Fluids & Plasmas
02 Physical Sciences
Publication Status: Published
Article Number: 053021
Appears in Collections:Faculty of Engineering

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