Florencio Balboa Usabiaga

Postdoc Fellow

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My research focuses on numerical methods for fluid dynamics and Brownian motion. At the BCAM I develop schemes for Brownian dynamics with hydrodynamic interactions
and I use these methods to disentangle the role of microswimmers, hydrodynamic interactions and Brownian motion in the formation of the so-called marine snow. I come to the BCAM after completing my Ph.D. at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and after stays at the Courant Institute and the Flatiron Institute in New York. I'm supported by the generous la Caixa Postdoctoral Junior Leader program.

  • A simple catch: Fluctuations enable hydrodynamic trapping of microrollers by obstacles 

    van der Wee, E. B.; Blackwell, B. C.; Sokolov, A.; Balboa, F.Autoridad BCAM; Katz, I. T.; Delmotte, B.; Driscoll, M. M. (2023-03-10)
    It is known that obstacles can hydrodynamically trap bacteria and synthetic microswimmers in orbits, where the trapping time heavily depends on the swimmer flow field and noise is needed to escape the trap. Here, we use ...
  • Mapping flagellated swimmers to surface-slip driven swimmers. 

    Gidituri, H.Autoridad BCAM; Kabacaoglu, G.; Ellero, M.Autoridad BCAM; Balboa, F.Autoridad BCAM (2023)
    Flagellated microswimmers are ubiquitous in natural habitats. Understanding the hydrodynamic behavior of these cells is of paramount interest, owing to their applications in bio-medical engineering and disease spreading. ...
  • Swimming Efficiently by Wrapping 

    Ellero, M.Autoridad BCAM; Balboa, F.Autoridad BCAM; Gidituri, H.Autoridad BCAM (2023)
    Single flagellated bacteria are ubiquitous in nature. They exhibit various swimming modes using their flagella to explore complex surroundings such as soil and porous polymer networks. Some single-flagellated bacteria ...
  • Metallic microswimmers driven up the wall by gravity 

    Brosseau, Quentin; Balboa, F.Autoridad BCAM; Lushi, Enkeleida; Wu, Yang; Ristroph, Leif; Ward, Michael D.; Shelley, Michael J.; Zhang, Jun (2021-07-21)
    Experiments on autophoretic bimetallic nanorods propelling within a fuel of hydrogen peroxide show that tail-heavy swimmers preferentially orient upwards and ascend along inclined planes. We show that such gravitaxis is ...
  • Motile dislocations knead odd crystals into whorls 

    Bililign, E. S.; Balboa, F.Autoridad BCAM; Ganan, Y. A.; Poncet, A.; Soni, V.; Magkiriadou, S.; Shelley, M.J.; Bartolo, D.; Irvine, W.T.M. (2021-01-01)
    The competition between thermal fluctuations and potential forces governs the stability of matter in equilibrium, in particular the proliferation and annihilation of topological defects. However, driving matter out of ...

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