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.
Our most recent peer reviewed publications
Coarse-grained molecular-dynamics simulations of nanoparticle diffusion in polymer nanocompositesPolymer (2018)
Molecular dynamics simulations of substrate hydrophilicity and confinement effects in capped nafion filmsJournal of Physical Chemistry B (2018)
Hydrophobic-interaction-induced stiffening of α -synuclein fibril networksPhysical Review Letters (2018)
Catch bonding in the forced dissociation of a polymer endpointPhysical Review E (2018)
Salt concentration dependence of the mechanical properties of LiPF6/poly(propylene glycol) acrylate electrolyte at a graphitic carbon interfaceJournal of Polymer Science, Part B: Polymer Physics (2018)