Hauptseminar Soft Matter SS 2019

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Seminar (Student-prepared talks, followed by discussion)
Date and Time
to be determined
Institut für Computerphysik, room 01.079
Credit Points
2 SWS = 6 ECTS for M.Sc. Physik
Prof. Dr. Siegfried Dietrich (MPI-IS/ITP4)
Prof. Dr. Christian Holm (ICP)
Michael Kuron (ICP)
Hauptseminar for M.Sc. Physik
Seminar in Physics for M.Sc. PHYSICS
Advanced Seminar in Physics for M.Sc. PHYSICS
Soft matter is the field of physics that concerns itself with systems that are deformable by energies on the scale of thermal fluctuations. This includes liquids, polymers, colloids, and much of biological physics. More recently, the sub-field of active matter has emerged, which studies the behavior of microswimmers and other self-propelled particles, including bacteria. While quantum phenomena are typically negligible at soft matter's relevant length scales (~1 µm), Brownian motion is important, while hydrodynamics and electrostatics play a role too. The interplay of these effects can lead to complex effects such as clustering or phase separation. In this seminar, we aim to provide an overview of the field, covering topics from hydrodynamics on small length scales, individual polymers and colloids and their dynamics all the way to the collective behavior of microswimmers and the interaction with their environment. The seminar will include analytical models that capture the essentials of the most important soft matter systems and state-of-the-art numerical methods that can solve the full physical problems.
We expect the participants to have fundamental knowledge in classical and statistical mechanics, thermodynamics, electrodynamics, and partial differential equations.

Schedule, speakers and resources

Number Date Time Topic Speaker Tutor Handout
{{{8}}} 12 April 2019 14:00 Fluid and colloid dynamics Paolo Malgaretti application_vnd.oasis.opendocument.presentation.pngpresentation slides (1.79 MB)Info circle.png
{{{8}}} 26 April 2019 14:00 Mesoscale simulation methods Christian Holm application_pdf.pngpresentation slides (7.81 MB)Info circle.png
{{{8}}} 3 May 2019 14:00 Simulation of self-propelled particles with and without hydrodynamics Alexander Reinauer Kai Szuttor [1]
{{{8}}} 10 May 2019 14:00 Multipole expansion of flow fields: The squirmer model Michael Maihöfer Mihail Popescu [2]
{{{8}}} 17 May 2019 14:00 Transport of electrolytes across porous materials Johannes Hauskrecht Paolo Malgaretti [3]
{{{8}}} 7 June 2019 14:00 Transport of (poly-)electrolytes and colloids in electric fields Henrik Jäger Patrick Kreissl [4]
{{{8}}} 21 June 2019 14:00 Microswimmers under confinement Philipp Stärk Christoph Lohrmann [5]
{{{8}}} 5 July 2019 14:00 Active Brownian particles Smruti Manjunath Mihail Popescu [6]
{{{8}}} 5 July 2019 14:00 Transport and accumulation of bacteria in porous media Samuel Tovey Kartik Jain [7]
{{{8}}} 12 July 2019 14:00 Modelling and simulation of catalytically-driven particles Jan Finkbeiner Michael Kuron [8]

Registered participants:

  • Alexander Reinauer
  • Henrik Jäger
  • Jan Finkbeiner
  • Johannes Hauskrecht
  • Michael Maihöfer
  • Philipp Stärk
  • Samuel Tovey
  • Smruti Manjunath