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Structuring Stress for Active Materials Control

  title={Structuring Stress for Active Materials Control},
  author={Rui Zhang and Steven A. Redford and Paul V. Ruijgrok and Nitin Kumar and Ali Mozaffari and Sasha Zemsky and Aaron R. Dinner and Vincenzo Vitelli and Zev Bryant and Margaret L. Gardel and Juan Jose de Pablo},
  journal={arXiv: Soft Condensed Matter},
Active materials are capable of converting free energy into mechanical work to produce autonomous motion, and exhibit striking collective dynamics that biology relies on for essential functions. Controlling those dynamics and transport in synthetic systems has been particularly challenging. Here, we introduce the concept of spatially structured activity as a means to control and manipulate transport in active nematic liquid crystals consisting of actin filaments and light-sensitive myosin… 

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