Jens Smiatek

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Dr. Jens Smiatek
Phone:+49 711 685-63757
Fax:+49 711 685-63658
Email:smiatek _at_
Address:Dr. Jens Smiatek
Institute for Computational Physics
Universität Stuttgart
Allmandring 3
70569 Stuttgart

Research interests

  • Specific DNA structures: i-motif and g-quadruplex
  • Protein folding
  • Hydrophobic hydration
  • Free energy landscapes
  • Influence of solvent properties on structure formation (solvent-solute interactions)
  • Influence of osmolytes on water structure
  • Electrohydrodynamics
  • Polyelectrolytes and interactions with ions
  • Microscale flows
  • Method development


  • Smiatek, J.; Heuer, A.: Deprotonation mechanism of a single-stranded DNA i-motif, submitted (2013)
  • Bohner, M. U.; Zemann, J.; Smiatek, J.; Arnold, A.; Kästner, J.: Nudged-elastic band used to find reaction coordinates based on the free energy, submitted (2013)
  • Smiatek, J.; Wohlfarth, A. and Holm, C.: Solvation and ion condensation properties for sulfonated polyelectrolytes in different solvents - accepted for publication in New J. Phys. (2014)
  • Smiatek, J.: Osmolyte effects: Impact on the aqueous solution around charged and neutral spheres, accepted for publication in J. Phys. Chem. B. (2014)
  • Smiatek, J.; Janssen-Mueller, D.; Friedrich, R. and Heuer, A.: Systematic detection of hidden complexities in the unfolding mechanism of a cytosine-rich DNA strand, Physica A 394, 136 (2014)
  • Smiatek, J.; Harishchandra, R. K.; Galla, H.-J. and Heuer, A.: Low concentrated hydroxyectoine solutions in presence of DPPC lipid bilayers: a computer simulation study, Biophys. Chem. 180–181, 102 (2013)
  • Hentschel, C.; Wagner, H.; Smiatek, J.; Heuer, A.; Fuchs, H.; Zhang, X.; Studer, A. and Chi, L.: AFM-based force spectroscopy on polystyrene brushes: Effect of brush thickness on protein adsorption, Langmuir 29, 1850 (2013)
  • Smiatek, J.; Wagner, H.; Hentschel C.; Chi, L.; Studer, A. and Heuer, A.: Coat thickness dependent adsorption of hydrophobic molecules at polymer brushes, J. Chem. Phys. 138, 044904 (2013)
  • Smiatek, J.; Liu, D. and Heuer, A.: Unfolding pathways and the free energy landscape of a single-stranded DNA i-motif, From Computational Biophysics to Systems Biology (CBSB11), IAS Series 8, 201 (2012)
  • Meinhardt, S.; Smiatek, J.; Eichhorn, R. and Schmid, F.: Separation of chiral particles in micro- or nanofluidic channels, Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 214504 (2012)
  • Smiatek, J.; Harishchandra, R. K.; Rubner, O.; Galla, H.-J. and Heuer A.: Properties of compatible solutes in aqueous solution, Biophys. Chem. 160, 62 (2012)
  • Smiatek, J.; Liu, D. and Heuer, A.: High temperature unfolding simulations of a single-stranded DNA i-motif, Curr. Phys. Chem. 2, 115 (2012)
  • Smiatek, J.; Chen, C.; Liu, D. and Heuer, A.: Stable conformations of a single-stranded deprotonated DNA i-motif, J. Phys. Chem. B 115, 13788 (2011)
  • Smiatek, J. and Schmid, F.: Mesoscopic simulations of electroosmotic flow and electrophoresis in nanochannels, Comp. Phys. Comm. 182, 1941 (2011)
  • Smiatek, J. and Heuer, A.: Calculation of free energy landscapes: a histogram reweighted metadynamics approach, J. Comp. Chem. 32, 2084 (2011)
  • Smiatek, J. and Schmid F.: Mesoscopic simulations of polyelectrolyte electrophoresis in nanochannels in High Performance Computing in Science and Engineering '10; Springer, Heidelberg (2011)
  • Smiatek, J. and Schmid, F.: Polyelectrolyte electrophoresis in nanochannels: a Dissipative Particle Dynamics simulation, J. Phys. Chem. B 114, 6266 (2010)
  • Smiatek, J.; Sega, M.; Schiller, U. D.; Holm, C. and Schmid, F.: Mesoscopic simulations of the counterion-induced electro-osmotic flow: A comparative study, J. Chem. Phys. 130, 244702 (2009)
  • Smiatek, J.; Allen, M. P. and Schmid, F.: Tunable-slip boundaries for coarse-grained simulations of fluid flow, Europ. Phys. J. E 26, 115 (2008)


  • High temperature unfolding dynamics of a single-stranded deprotonated DNA i-motif