Teaching

Current Courses

Pattern formation in Soft Matter and Biophysics

Time: Wed 4-5.30 pm, Location: MPIPKS, Nöthnitzerstr. 38, room 2A1

Abstract

Ever wondered why oil droplets in pastis emerge and then grow in size clouding the liquid? Why a rubber band wrinkles as getting stretched? Or, a seemingly unorganised bunch of fish suddenly self-organizes as coherently moving flock? All these sudden changes in the physical state of the system fall into the class of instabilities and phase transitions. Their occurrence typically causes a severe change in the physical properties of the system, such as the propensity to flow, deform and conduct momentum. The dynamics of a phase transition may lead to fascinating, spatially inhomogeneous patterns including swirling and swarming flocks, demixed phases and periodically deformed solid-like materials (and many more). In this lecture we discuss many examples of systems which undergo a phase transition or an instability, in turn triggering the development of patterns. The examples are picked from soft matter and biophysics. Along the way we discuss the necessary theoretical concepts from non-linear dynamics, bifurcation theory, statistical mechanics and non-equilibrium thermodynamics.

There will be plenty of interactive opportunities to discuss the content of the lecture and the problem sets. The solutions of weekly appearing problem sets will fit on one page. Instead of a written exam, students may select or suggest a lecture-related topic about which the student should give a talk at the end of the semester. The talk will be complemented by a discussion about the lecture.

More information see: https://trello.com/b/JjWk05um

Courses and lectures given in the past

Winter term 2017 Organization and lecturing of the class "Instabilities and Patterns in Soft Matter and Biophysics" at Harvard University
Jun 2017 - Aug 2017Supervision of two student in the framework of the REU (Research Experiences for Undergrates, NSF)  at Harvard University
Nov 2015Project Supervision in the DIPP Predoc Course - Practicals 2015
Nov 2014 Project Supervision in the DIPP Predoc Course - Practicals 2014
Nov 2013Project Supervision in the DIPP Predoc Course - Practicals 2013
May 2012 - Jun 2012Substituting Prof. Erwin Frey for the lecture part "Kinetic Theory" of the Advanced Statistical Mechanics course
Summer term 2012Organization of tutoring classes of the Advanced Statistical Mechanics  (Prof. Frey)
Summer term 2011Organization and design of a Reading Course Theoretical Biological Hyodrodynamics
Dec 2010  - Apr 2011Organization and design of a seminar on Hydrodynamics
Summer term 2010Organization and lecturing of tutoring classes of the Non-linear Dynamics & Pattern formation (Prof. Frey)
Winter term 2009Tutoring classes of the Statistical Physics (Prof. Frey)
Summer term 2009utoring classes of the Introduction to theoretical Biophysics (Prof. Gerland)
Winter term 2008Tutoring classes of the Statistical Physics (Prof. Frey)
Winter term 2007Tutoring classes of the Mathematics 3 (Prof. Winkler)
Summer term 2007Tutoring classes of the Electrodynamics (Prof. Frey)
Winter term 2006Tutoring classes of the Mathematics 1 (Prof. Winkler)
Summer term 2006Tutoring classes of the Analysis 1 (Prof. Donder)
Winter term 2005Tutoring classes of the Linear Algebra (Prof. Dürr)