Primary investigator: Carsten Svaneborg University of Southern Denmark. (ongoing research)
The video is a Dissipative Particle dynamics simulation of the metabolic digestion of an oil droplet. The droplet consists of dimeric oil molecules (grey molecules) in a water medium (not shown). The red-blue molecule represent an energy harvesting and catalytic functionality respectively. When these are co-localized the catalytic bead (blue) can digest nearby oil molecules and convert them into surfactant (green molecules). The result is the progressive digestion of oil (core volume) into surfactant (droplet surface). The metabolic dynamics leads to the progressive breakup of the oil droplet into surfactant micelles.