Living Materials computer model

Living Materials computer model

Computer generated model on the top left shows the  pattern created by the interaction of bacteria and a nematic liquid crystal.  Areas form that concentrate bacteria while others funnel bacteria away creating an absence of bacteria.  The image on the right shows the concentration difference of bacteria as the liquid crystal patterns change.  Bottom left image shows the changing velocity of the bacteria and the bottom right image shows the changes in concentration of the bacteria.  The more bacteria in an area, the faster they move.

Aronson Lab / Penn State