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Professorship for Theoretical Physics - Soft Matter Theory

Prof. Dr. Jan Kierfeld

Department of Physics
Otto-Hahn-Str. 4
44227 Dortmund

Room: P1-O2-312
E-Mail: jan.kierfeldtu-dortmundde
Tel.: +49 (0)231 755-3545
Fax: +49 (0)231 755-5059

Portrait of Jan Kierfeld © Jan Kierfeld​/​TU Dortmund


"The research group deals with soft matter theory and biological physics. We study statistical physics, mechanics and hydrodynamics of soft and biological matter using analytical and numerical methods. In the soft matter field, the main interests are polymer physics, rheology of elastic materials such as capsules or shells, active self-propelled systems, and micro-floats. We are also actively developing new Monte Carlo simulation techniques (event-chain Monte Carlo) and new applications of machine learning in soft matter physics. In biological physics, cytoskeletal filaments (actin and microtubules) are the main topic. They convert chemical energy (ATP or GTP) during their polymerization to generate forces and motion at the cellular level. We study the physics of single filaments to bundles and networks of many filaments, and from equilibrium fluctuation to chemical drive by polymerization or molecular motors."

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