Martin James studied physics at Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore from where he received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in 2016. During his Bachelors, he worked on assembly of hybrid gold nanorod – quantum dot structures. His Masters thesis was carried out jointly at IISc and International Center for Theoretical Sciences – Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (ICTS-TIFR), during which he worked on numerical and theoretical analysis of dynamics of inertial particles in turbulent flows. He joined Michael Wilczek’s group at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization as a PhD student in July 2016. His current research focus is on the field of active matter. In particular, he investigates the turbulent dynamics and pattern formation in active matter systems using tools from hydrodynamic turbulence theory and classical pattern formation.


  • Martin James, W.J.T. Bos and M. Wilczek, ‘Turbulence and turbulent pattern formation in a minimal model for active fluids’ Phys. Rev. Fluids 3061101 (R) (2018)
  • Martin James and M. Wilczek, ‘Vortex dynamics and Lagrangian statistics in a model for active turbulence’ Europ. Phys. J. E 4121 (2018)

  • Martin James and S.S. Ray, ‘Enhanced droplet collision rates and impact velocities in turbulent flows: The effect of poly-dispersity and transient phases’ Sci. Rep. 7, 12231 (2017)




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