What we want
No matter how well we understand how a single droplet of water is formed in the laboratory, we cannot predict how countless droplets form clouds that substantially affect the Earth’s climate. And although we can accurately characterize a single neuron’s impulse, we do not yet understand how billions of them form a single thought. In such systems, animate or inanimate, processes of self-organization are at work: Many interacting parts organize themselves independently, without external control, into a complex whole. At our institute we explore the mechanisms underlying these processes in order to gain a detailed understanding of complex systems. Also the major challenges of the 21st century, from climate change and economic crises to problems in energy supply and transport, are closely linked to these scientific questions. Without a deep understanding of dynamics and self-organization in complex and highly networked systems we cannot face these challenges. With our basic research not only do we want to deepen our understanding of nature, but also want to contribute to a sustainable existence on this planet.

Welcome to the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization

What we want
No matter how well we understand how a single droplet of water is formed in the laboratory, we cannot predict how countless droplets form clouds that substantially affect the Earth’s climate. And although we can accurately characterize a single neuron’s impulse, we do not yet understand how billions of them form a single thought. In such systems, animate or inanimate, processes of self-organization are at work: Many interacting parts organize themselves independently, without external control, into a complex whole. At our institute we explore the mechanisms underlying these processes in order to gain a detailed understanding of complex systems. Also the major challenges of the 21st century, from climate change and economic crises to problems in energy supply and transport, are closely linked to these scientific questions. Without a deep understanding of dynamics and self-organization in complex and highly networked systems we cannot face these challenges. With our basic research not only do we want to deepen our understanding of nature, but also want to contribute to a sustainable existence on this planet.

News


Growing droplets in the matrix

October 01, 2021
The mechanism of molecular self-organization was assessed in a new model by researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization (MPIDS). In their study, they simulated how environmental factors such as temperature influence the size of oil droplets in elastic matrices. The study will also help understanding droplet formation in biological cells, where biological molecules self-organize in condensates. The full paper was recently published in the renowned journal PNAS.

Former PhD-student of MPIDS receives Nobel Prize in Physics

October 05, 2021
The Nobel Prize in Physics 2021 was awarded to the German scientist Klaus Hasselmann, along with Syukuro Manabe (USA) Giorgio Parisi (Italy). Klaus Hasselmann developed a model showing the connection between weather and climate, e.g. relating precipitation to long-term effects such as ocean currents.

Research Departments


Fluid Physics, Pattern Formation and Biocomplexity
(Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Eberhard Bodenschatz)

We are investigating the dynamics of a variety of complex nonlinear systems both experimentally and theoretically. Our interests are currently focused on biocomplexity in cell-biology, Lagrangian properties of fully developed turbulence, pattern formation and spatio-temporal chaos, and the Geodynamics of the earth's crust.

Dynamics of Complex Fluids 
(Prof. Dr. Stephan Herminghaus)

A complex fluid consists of (a large number of) similar mobile entities which are complex enough by themselves to preclude a straightforward prediction of the collective behaviour of the whole. Our research aims at understanding emergent phenomena in complex fluids, in particular in active fluids. We hope to identify suitable model systems which yield insight into overarching principles of self-organization in systems as diverse as granular flows, swarming of plankton particles, or patterns in traffic flow. One challenging question is: are there general common ‘principles’ behind the various instances of symmetry breaking, structure formation, and emergence in open systems? How does nature proceed from ‘being’ to ‘becoming’?

Living Matter Physics
(Prof. Dr. Ramin Golestanian)

Since March 2018, Prof. Ramin Golestanian from Oxford University is a new director heading the department ‘Living Matter Physics’. The department is engaged in a wide range of theoretical research aimed at a multi-scale understanding of the dynamics of living systems from a physical perspective. 

Max Planck Research Groups

Neural Systems
Theory

Dr. Viola Priesemann

Biomedical
Physics

Prof. Dr. Stefan Luther

Statistical physics of
evolving systems

Dr. Armita Nourmohammad

Theory of Biological
Fluids

Dr. David Zwicker

In a nutshell

Dates

LMP Seminar: Intrinsic asymmetry for scaling up microswimmer production

Dr. Juliane Simmchen
26.10.2021 14:00 - 15:30
Max-Planck-Institut für Dynamik und Selbstorganisation (MPIDS), Room: Video conference at www.zoom.us Meeting ID: 997 1155 2453 Passcode: 771001

MPIDS Colloquium: Broken symmetries in living matter

Prof. Dr. Nikta Fakhri
10.11.2021 14:15 - 15:15
Max-Planck-Institut für Dynamik und Selbstorganisation (MPIDS), Room: www.zoom.us, Meeting ID: 959 2774 3389, Passcode: 651129
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