Effect of flow conditions on the swimming efficiency of Dunaliella Salina in microfluidic contraction devices

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Abstract

The economic and ecological importance of microorganisms and their fundamental functions in different contexts is well-documented. They constitute the major part of the world's biomass, represent the lowest level of the food chain [1] and are utilised in a wide range of applications that encompass food and beverage preparation, genetic engineering and renewable energy. [2, 3] Some microorganisms can swim and propel themselves and are termed as microswimmers; the definition includes bacteria, spermatozoa, unicellular, colonial algae and protozoans. [1] This work focuses on the fluid dynamic behaviour of Dunaliella Salina (DS) (a type of halophile green micro-algae found in hypersaline environments) in microfluidic contraction-expansion geometries for varying flow conditions, in order to engineer the motion of the cells and enhance the efficiency of their applications.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 14 Apr 2015
Event10th Annual European Rheology Conference, AERC 2015 - Nantes, United Kingdom
Duration: 14 Apr 201517 Apr 2015

Conference

Conference10th Annual European Rheology Conference, AERC 2015
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityNantes
Period14/04/1517/04/15

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Keywords

  • fluid dyamics
  • flow dynamics
  • swimming performance
  • microfluidics
  • contraction flows

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