My recent major research activities can be condensed into four axes:
Mechano-chemical coupling in dynamic elastic filament networks:
application of homogenization techniques to active and passive
semiflexible filament networks; investigation of their macroscale
mechanical properties depending on their microscopic properties;
stress induced morphological instabilities.
| Mechanical and dynamical properties of microtubules:
application of kinetic Monte Carlo models to the lattice dynamics
of microtubules; investigation of the origins of lattice
plasticity (i.e. creation of defects and their dynamics) and the
role of microtubule associated proteins therein (e.g. molecular
Dynamics of thin films and droplets of passive and active fluids on
solid substrates: chemical systems (i.e. chemically driven droplets), ratchet driven thin-film flows, droplets transport by substrate vibrations, but also biological systems (biofilm spreading phenomena, symmetry-breaking and motion in living cells modeled via diffuse-interface models).
|Structure formation in reaction diffusion systems with molecular interaction: systems where passive self-assembly processes (i.e. phase separation) are in competition with active self-organization processes driven by chemical reactions and diffusive transport; such processes are very relevant in living cells.|