Jonathan Howse

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The motion of an artificial microscale swimmer that uses a chemical reaction catalyzed on its own surface to achieve autonomous propulsion is fully characterized experimentally. It is shown that at short times it has a substantial component of directed motion, with a velocity that depends on the concentration of fuel molecules. At longer times, the motion(More)
The propulsion velocity of active colloids that asymmetrically catalyze a chemical reaction is probed experimentally as a function of their sizes. It is found that over the experimentally accessible range, the velocity decays as a function of size, with a rate that is compatible with an inverse size dependence. A diffusion-reaction model for the(More)
Interaction of the tea polyphenol epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) with beta-casein in milk affects the taste of tea and also affects the stability of the tea and the antioxidant ability of the EGCG. In addition, interaction of polyphenols with the chemically similar salivary proline-rich proteins is largely responsible for the astringency of tea and red(More)
Floating supported bilayers (FSBs) are new systems which have emerged over the past few years to produce supported membrane mimics, where the bilayers remain associated with the substrate, but are cushioned from the substrates constraining influence by a large hydration layer. In this paper we describe a new approach to fabricating FSBs using a chemically(More)
Nonconductive Janus particle swimmers made by coating fluorescent polymer beads with hemispheres of platinum have been fully characterized using video microscopy to reveal that they undergo propulsion in hydrogen peroxide fuel away from the catalytic platinum patch. The platinum coating shadows the fluorescence signal from half of each swimmer to allow the(More)
Spin coating polymer blend thin films provides a method to produce multiphase functional layers of high uniformity covering large surface areas. Applications for such layers include photovoltaics and light-emitting diodes where performance relies upon the nanoscale phase separation morphology of the spun film. Furthermore, at micrometer scales, phase(More)
Spin-coating offers a facile fabrication route for the production of high quality colloidal crystals, which have potential as photonic band-gap materials. This paper presents the results of direct observations of the self-assembly of latex colloids during spin-coating through the use of stroboscopic microscopy. We have been able to identify several(More)
In this paper we show that processes such as Brownian motion, convection, sedimentation, and bacterial contamination can cause small particles to move through liquids in a fashion which may be mistaken as nanopropulsion. It is shown that particle tracking and subsequent statistical analysis is essential to ascertain if small particles actually propel(More)
Unilamellar polymer vesicles are formed when a block copolymer self-assembles to form a single bilayer structure, with a hydrophobic core and hydrophilic surfaces, and the resulting membrane folds over and rearranges by connecting its edges to enclose a space. The physics of self-assembly tightly specifies the wall thickness of the resulting vesicle, but,(More)
A class of artificial microswimmers with combined translational and rotational self-propulsion is studied experimentally. The chemically fueled microswimmers are made of doublets of Janus colloidal beads with catalytic patches that are positioned at a fixed angle relative to one another. The mean-square displacement and the mean-square angular displacement(More)