My research focuses on investigating low Reynolds number swimming of spherical particles and helical structures inside conduits. Low Reynolds number swimming is important for micro/nano robots that have high potential to be used in medical applications such as drug delivery and minimally invasive surgery, as well as in biological applications like cytometry. My studies in this field cover both modeling and experimental work. I also used image processing to extract experimental data.
As part of my PhD thesis, under supervision of Prof. Yeşilyurt, I developed comprehensive models to identify the hydrodynamic interactions between helical structures and channel walls. Our models enable studying the effects of geometric parameters on the swimming performance of infinite helical structures, which provides a design guideline to achieve a certain performance goal. Our experimental work has focused on understanding the behavior of spherical particles in cylindrical conduits.We experimentally demonstrated that achiral structures can be manipulated with rotating magnetic fields to enable motion via hydrodynamic interactions between the particle and the channel walls for the first time, which is a significant contribution in the development of micro/nano robots.
For further information on our research group and our work please refer to the website: http://microswimmer.sabanciuniv.edu/