Materials you can trust with your life
We study the fundamental processes that organize the assembly, the structure and the mechanical properties of biological and other soft materials. Fundamental and applied research reinforce each other: We figure out how these materials work, and use these insights to develop bio-inspired design strategies to improve and disrupt the development of man-made materials.
5 PIs within TPS address this challenge from complementary angles and backgrounds. Together, we cover the full spectrum of length and time scales, from atom to organism. We develop and use a broad range of analytic and numerical tools: statistical mechanical calculations both in and out of equilibrium, and simulations using e.g. Molecular Dynamics, Monte Carlo, Lattice Boltzmann, and energy landscape techniques.
Theory of Polymers and Soft Matter comprises 5 subgroups.
Self Assembly in Soft- and Biomatter
Multiscale Simulation of Polymer Dynamics
Nonequilibrium Soft Matter
Responsive Soft Matter
Our most recent peer reviewed publications
Quantification of carbon nanotube liquid crystal morphology via neutron scatteringMacromolecules (2018)
Experimental and theoretical determination of the pH inside the confinement of a virus-like particleSmall (2018)
Connectedness percolation of hard convex polygonal rods and plateletsJournal of Chemical Physics (2018)
Dynamics of vitrimers: defects as a highway to stress relaxationPhysical Review Letters (2018)
Novel polyelectrolyte membranes for fuel and flow batteries9th International Conference on Times of Polymers and Composites: From Aerospace to Nanotechnology (2018)