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Influence of particle smoothness and substrate mechanics on the clustering of self-propelled rods

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posted on 2022-02-22, 22:38 authored by MD IMARAN
Motile rod-shaped cells are common in biology. It is now well established that dry systems of motile rods show a rich variety of dynamic phases. Furthermore, the colonization of a soft, passive material by these motile cells, such as bacteria or cancer cells, is widely observed. This thesis explores the role of particle smoothness on the collective behavior of anisotropic self-propelled particles and the tendency of these particles to form clusters of different kinds in the elasto-plastic environment, using a computational model in LAMMPS. These studies are crucial for understanding the morphodynamics of colonization of bacterial colonies.


Campus location


Principal supervisor

Prabhakar Ranganathan

Additional supervisor 1

Prof. Raghunath Chelakkot (Indian Institute of Technology Bombay)

Additional supervisor 2

Prof. Mandar M Inamdar (Indian Institute of Technology Bombay)

Year of Award


Department, School or Centre

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Additional Institution or Organisation

Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai, India


Doctor of Philosophy (IITB-Monash)

Degree Type



Faculty of Engineering