The Evolution of Active Droplets in Chemorobotic Platforms

Points, L. J., Grizou, J. , Parrilla Gutierrez, J. M. , Taylor, J. W. and Cronin, L. (2017) The Evolution of Active Droplets in Chemorobotic Platforms. In: 14th European Conference on Artificial Life (ECAL 2017), Lyon, France, 04-08 Sep 2017, pp. 356-357. ISBN 9780262346337 (doi:10.7551/ecal_a_059)

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There is great interest in oil-in-water droplets as simple systems that display astonishingly complex behaviours. Recently, we reported a chemorobotic platform capable of autonomously exploring and evolving the behaviours these droplets can exhibit. The platform enabled us to undertake a large number of reproducible experiments, allowing us to probe the non-linear relationship between droplet composition and behaviour. Herein we introduce this work, and also report on the recent developments we have made to this system. These include new platforms to simultaneously evolve the droplets’ physical and chemical environments and the inclusion of selfreplicating molecules in the droplets.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Taylor, Mr James Ward and Points, Mr Laurie and Cronin, Professor Lee and Parrilla Gutierrez, Dr Juan Manuel and Grizou, Dr Jonathan
Authors: Points, L. J., Grizou, J., Parrilla Gutierrez, J. M., Taylor, J. W., and Cronin, L.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Chemistry
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
First Published:First published in Proceedings of ECAL 2017 the 14th European Conference on Artificial Life: 356-357
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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