For my PhD thesis, I started investigating the structure formation and dynamics of polyelectrolytes during electrophoresis. This work is closely related to the separation of DNA during sequencing using varying electrophoretic techniques. My work will include theoretical approaches as well as extensive computer simulations with newly devised models. I expect this to lead to a deeper understanding of the complex mechanisms involved in this process, which might ultimately result in improved separation methods.
I am also interested in analyzing and simulating surprising properties of various other complex systems.
My other personal interests are karate and roleplaying games.
* Impact dynamics and failure of brittle solid states by means of nonequilibrium molecular dynamics simulations M. O. Steinhauser, K. Grass, K. Thoma and A. Blumen Europhys. Lett. 73 (2006) 62-68 http://publish.edpsciences.org/abstract/epl/v73/p62
* Sequential Modelling of Failure Behavior in Cohesive Brittle Materials K. Grass, M. O. Steinhauser, K. Thoma, A. Blumen in: "Powders and Grains", Balkema Publ., Leiden, 2005: 1447 * Failure and Plasticity Models of Ceramics. A Numerical Study M. O. Steinhauser, K. Grass in: "Dislocations, Plasticity, Damage and Metal Forming: Material Response and Multiscale Modeling - Proceedings of PLASTICITY '05", Neat Press, Maryland, USA, 2005