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Institute for Theoretical Physics
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Welcome to Marcus Müller's research group*

Using computer simulation and numerical self-consistent field theory we study the statistical physics of soft matter
with special focus on polymer physics, interfacial and wetting phenomena, and biologically motivated problems.

We are offering Bachelor and Master projects in the following research areas:
Poster zur Bachelor-Börse Polymerphysik Poster Quasikristalline Strukturen in komplexen Geometrien Freie Energie Landschaften im SCMF Modell Herstellung von verknüpften Mesostrukturen Erzeugung von Kugeloberflächen mit hoher Grafting Dichte Poster zur Bachelor-Börse Biophysik Poster Erzeugung von Freier Energie durch Hin- und Her-Wechseln Untersuchung von Übergängen in Lipid-Membranen Messung von Übergangsraten mittels Simulationen Proteine als Weichmacher in Membranen


transition state of membrane fusion
Under which conditions is the fusion of two lipid vesicles leaky?
kinetics of copolymers on patterned substrates
To what extent can patterned substrates direct and perfect the assembly of diblock copolymer materials?
DFG priority program: nano- and microfluidics
How does gravity move a drop over a corrugated surface?
with K. Katsov (UCSB) and M. Schick (U. Washington) with K.Ch. Daoulas (Göttingen), M.P. Stoykovich, E.W. Edwards, J.J. dePablo and P.F. Nealey (Madison) with J. Servantie (Göttingen)
M. Müller, et al, Phys. Reports 434, 113 (2006)
K. Katsov, et al, Biophys. J. 90 915 (2006)
K. Katsov, et al, Biophys. J. 87 3277 (2004)
M. Müller, et al, J. Polym. Sci. B 41 1441 (2003)
M. Müller, et al, Biophys. J. 85, 1611 (2003)
M. Müller, et al, JCP. 116, 2342 (2002)
H. Kang, et al Phys. Rev. Lett. 100, 148303 (2008)
K.Ch. Daoulas, et al, Langmuir 24, 1284 (2008)
M. Müller and K. Ch. Daoulas, J. Chem. Phys. 128, 024903 (2008)
A.M. Welander, et al, Macromolecules 41, 2759 (2008)
M.P. Stoykovich, et al, ACS Nano 1, 168 (2007)
K.Ch. Daoulas and M. Müller,J. Chem. Phys. 125, 184904 (2006)
K.Ch. Daoulas, et al, Phys. Rev. Lett. 96, 036104 (2006)
K. Ch. Daoulas, et al, Soft Matter 2, 573 (2006)
M.P. Stoykovich, et al, Science 308, 1442 (2005)
E.W. Edwards, et al, J. Polym. Sci. B 43, 3444 (2005)
M. Müller and G.D. Smith, J. Polym. Sci. B 43, 934 (2005)
C. Servantie and M. Müller, J. Chem. Phys. 128, 014709 (2008)
M. Müller and C. Pastorino, Europhys. Lett. 81, 28002 (2008)
C. Pastorino, et al, Phys. Rev. E 76, 026706 (2007)
C. Pastorino, et al, J. Chem. Phys. 124, 064902 (2006)
L.G. MacDowell, et al, J. Chem. Phys. 124, 084907 (2006)
M. Müller and L.G. MacDowell, Europhys. Lett. 55, 221 (2001)
polymer conformations and log-range correlations
Obey polymer conformations in a melt Gaussian statistics?
bubble nucleation in compressible
polymer-solvent mixtures
How to optimize insulation materials?
self-assembly in binary polymer brushes
How to create a surface that can reversibly switch from hydrophilic to hydrophobic?
A. Cavallo, K. Binder (Mainz) J.P. Wittmer, A. Johner, J. Baschnagel (Strasbourg) and S. Obukhov (Florida) with B.M. Mognetti, P. Virnau, L. Yelash, W. Paul, K. Binder (Mainz), and L. Gonzalez MacDowell (Complutense, Madrid) with S. Minko (Clarkson), M. Stamm (IPF, Dresden),
and L. Wenning (Mainz)
A. Cavallo, et al, J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 17, S1697 (2005)
A. Cavallo, et al, J. Phys. Chem. B 109, 6544 (2005)
J.P. Wittmer, et al, Phys. Rev. Lett. 93, 147801 (2004)
A. Cavallo, et al, Europhys. Lett. 61, 214 (2003)
K. Binder, et al, Adv. Polym. Sci. 173, 1 (2005)
P. Virnau, et al,
JCP 121, 2169 (2004)
L.G. MacDowell, et al, JCP 120, 5293 (2004)
L.G. MacDowell, et al, JCP 117, 6360 (2002)
M. Müller, et al, JCP 117, 5480 (2002)
L. Wenning et al, Europhys. Lett.71, 639 (2005)
S. Minko et al, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 125, 3896 (2003)
M. Müller, Phys. Rev E 65, 030802(R) (2002)
S. Minko et al, Phys. Rev. Lett. 88, 035502 (2002)

* Lichtenberg professorship established by the Volkswagen Foundation