Dynamics of fluid and biological interfaces
The experimental research group “Dynamics of Fluid and Biological Interfaces” headed by Dr. Oliver Bäumchen has developed a scientific focus on the physics of soft and biological matter at interfaces.
Our research interests cross the classical boundaries of physics, biology, chemistry and engineering, combining concepts from soft matter physics, biophysics, statistical physics far from equilibrium, fluid dynamics, and micro- and nanofluidics. This interdisciplinary approach bases on our expertise in a variety of experimental techniques and creativity concerning designing experiments, which we aim at complementing with theoretical models and simulations.
In general, we seek at advancing the fundamental understanding of how interfaces alter the dynamics of soft and living matter. Current research projects include the motility of self-propelled cells in confinement, the flagella-mediated cell adhesion and cell motility at interfaces, the light-activated dynamics of photoactive microorganisms, interfacial forces in biological systems, interfacial interactions in micro- and nanofluidics, and lab-on-a-chip technologies for the fabrication of functionalized microcompartments.