st-smallStochastic thermodynamics
Driving a system away from equilibrium requires work and leads to the dissipation of heat. We study how stochastic thermodynamics can help to explain phenomena in driven interacting many-body systems.
Active matter
Active matter has come to denote a broad field at the intersection of physics, chemistry, and biology. Typically, it is concerned with the emerging collective behavior of many autonomous units (bacteria, colloidal particles, etc.), each of which converts free energy into directed motion.
Glassy dynamics: Interplay of dynamics and structure
The dramatic dynamic slowdown of supercooled liquids and dense suspensions is still an open problem. We investigate how and to which extent structural motifs can account for the slow dynamics.
Kinetics of phase transitions
Understanding phase transitions is one of the central tasks of statistical physics. We study both how phase transitions are modified by external flow and transitions that are without an equilibrium counterpart.
Coarse-graining is a crucial step necessary to make many models accessible to computational sciences over the required length and time scales. Our goal is to develop a versatile method to systematically obtain coarse-grained models from driven atomistic simulation data.