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Designing Colloidal Molecules with Microfluidics
B Shen, J Ricouvier, F Malloggi, P Tabeling
Advanced Science - 3 (6) - - 2016
Transient compartmentalization of RNA replicators prevents extinction due to parasites
S. Matsumura, Á. Kun, M. Ryckelynck, F. Coldren, A. Szilágyi, F. Jossinet, C. Rick, P. Nghe, E. Szathmáry, A.D. Griffiths
Science - 354 1293-1296 - - 2016
Droplets in Microchannels: Dynamical Properties of the Lubrication Film
Axel Huerre, Olivier Theodoly, Alexander M. Leshansky, Marie-Pierre Valignat, Isabelle Cantat and Marie-Caroline Jullien
Phys. Rev. Lett. - 115 (064501) 64501 - - 2015
We study the motion of droplets in a confined, micrometric geometry, by focusing on the lubrication film between a droplet and a wall. When capillary forces dominate, the lubrication film thickness evolves nonlinearly with the capillary number due to the viscous dissipation between the meniscus and the wall. However, this film may become thin enough (tens of nanometers) that intermolecular forces come into play and affect classical scalings. Our experiments yield highly resolved topographies of the shape of the interface and allow us to bring new insights into droplet dynamics in microfluidics. We report the novel characterization of two dynamical regimes as the capillary number increases: (i) at low capillary numbers, the film thickness is constant and set by the disjoining pressure, while (ii) above a critical capillary number, the interface behavior is well described by a viscous scenario. At a high surfactant concentration, structural effects lead to the formation of patterns on the interface, which can be used to trace the interface velocity, that yield direct confirmation of the boundary condition in the viscous regime.
Prebiotic network evolution: six key parameters
Philippe Nghe,a Wim Hordijk,b Stuart A. Kauffman,c Sara I. Walker,d Francis J. Schmidt,e Harry Kemble,a Jessica A. M. Yeatesf and Niles Lehman
Molecular Systems Biology - 11 3206-3217 - DOI: 10.1039/C5MB00593K - 2015
The origins of life likely required the cooperation among a set of molecular species interacting in a network. If so, then the earliest modes of evolutionary change would have been governed by the manners and mechanisms by which networks change their compositions over time. For molecular events, especially those in a pre-biological setting, these mechanisms have rarely been considered. We are only recently learning to apply the results of mathematical analyses of network dynamics to prebiotic events. Here, we attempt to forge connections between such analyses and the current state of knowledge in prebiotic chemistry. Of the many possible influences that could direct primordial network, six parameters emerge as the most influential when one considers the molecular characteristics of the best candidates for the emergence of biological information: polypeptides, RNA-like polymers, and lipids. These parameters are viable cores, connectivity kinetics, information control, scalability, resource availability, and compartmentalization. These parameters, both individually and jointly, guide the aggregate evolution of collectively autocatalytic sets. We are now in a position to translate these conclusions into a laboratory setting and test empirically the dynamics of prebiotic network evolution.
A versatile technology for droplet-based microfluidics: thermomechanical actuation
Axel Huerre, Hannah Williams, Bastien Fournié and Marie-Caroline Jullien
Lab. Chip - 15 2133–2139 | 2133 - - 2015
Random fluctuations, metabolism and growth at the single-cell level
Nghe, P., Boulineau, S., & Tans, S. J.
Med Sci (Paris). - 1(3) 233 - - 2015
High Spatiotemporal Control of Spontaneous Reactions Using Ultrasound-Triggered Composite Droplets
M. Bezagu, C. Errico, V. Chaulot-Talmon, F. Monti, M. Tanter, . Tabeling, J. Cossy, T. Arseniyadis and O. Couture
JACS - 136 (20) 7205–7208 - DOI: 10.1021/ja5019354 - 2014
Achieving high spatial and temporal control over a spontaneous reaction is a particularly challenging task with potential breakthroughs in various fields of research including surface patterning and drug delivery. We report here an exceptionally effective method that allows attaining such control. This method relies on a remotely triggered ultrasound-induced release of a reactant encapsulated in a composite microdroplet of liquid perfluorohexane. More specifically, the demonstration was achieved by locally applying a focused 2.25 MHz transducer onto a microfluidic channel in which were injected composite microdroplets containing a solution of an azidocoumarin and an external flow containing a reactive alkyne.
Recent progress in the physics of microfluidics and related biotechnological applications
Patrick Tabeling
Curr. Opin. Biotechnol. - -25 129-34 - 10.1016/j.copbio.2013.11.009 - 2014
Since the mid-nineties, the physical understanding of microfluidic flows has reached a level sufficiently elaborate for envisaging applications in all sorts of domains. As the domain expanded, the existence of new situations where fluid dynamics at small or moderate Reynolds numbers combines with confinement, interfaces, transport, particles along with disordered substrates raised new challenges. The present review is restricted to three domains in which progress in the physical description has been made recently (droplet-based, inertial and paper-based microfluidics) and for which biotechnological applications are foreseeable.
Physics and technological aspects of nanofluidics
Lydéric Bocquet et Patrick Tabeling
Lab. Chip - 14 3143–3158 - DOI: 10.1039/c4lc00325j - 2014
From a physical perspective, nanofluidics represents an extremely rich domain. It hosts many mechanisms acting on the nanoscale, which combine together or interact with the confinement to generate new phenomena. Superfast flows in carbon nanotubes, nonlinear electrokinetic transport, slippage over smooth surfaces, nanobubble stability, etc. are the most striking phenomena that have been unveiled over the past few years, and some of them are still awaiting an explanation. One may anticipate that new nanofluidic effects will be discovered in the future, but at the moment, the technological barrier is high. Fabrication of nanochannels is most often a tour de force, slow and costly. However, with the accumulation of technological skills along with the use of new nanofluidic materials (like nanotubes), nanofluidics is becoming increasingly accessible to experimentalists. Among the technological challenges faced by the field, fabricating devices mimicking natural nanometric systems, such as aquaporins, ionic pumps or kidney osmotic filtering, seems the most demanding in terms of groundbreaking ideas. Nanoflow characterization remains delicate, although considerable progress has been achieved over the past years. The targeted application of nanofluidics is not only in the field of genomics and membrane science - with disruptive developments to be expected for water purification, desalination, and energy harvesting - but also for oil and gas production from unconventional reservoirs. Today, in view of the markets that are targeted, nanofluidics may well impact the industry more than microfluidics; this would represent an unexpected paradox. These successes rely on using a variety of materials and technologies, using state-of-the-art nanofabrication, or low-tech inexpensive approaches. As a whole, nanofluidics is a fascinating field that is facing considerable challenges today. It possesses a formidable potential and offers much space for creative groundbreaking ideas.
Apparition de vitiligo sous biothérapie: une série de 12 cas
L Bocquet, P Tabeling
Lab. Chip - 14 3143–3158 - - 2014


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