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  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.  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.
|Number of pages||1|
|Publication status||Published - 14 Apr 2015|
|Event||10th Annual European Rheology Conference, AERC 2015 - Nantes, United Kingdom|
Duration: 14 Apr 2015 → 17 Apr 2015
|Conference||10th Annual European Rheology Conference, AERC 2015|
|Period||14/04/15 → 17/04/15|
- fluid dyamics
- flow dynamics
- swimming performance
- contraction flows
Infante, V., Haw, M., & Oliveira, M. (2015). Effect of flow conditions on the swimming efficiency of Dunaliella Salina in microfluidic contraction devices. 10th Annual European Rheology Conference, AERC 2015, Nantes, United Kingdom.