Laboratory for Fluid Physics, Pattern Formation and Biocomplexity (LFPB) (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.
The wide field of complex fluids comprises biological matter, like cell membranes or cytoplasma, as well as emulsions or granular materials. The main focus is the qualitatively new phenomena, which emerge when many similar elements (or sub-systems), like surfactant or polymer molecules, proteins, grains or other, are brought into intimate interaction. The resulting system properties unfold an enormous variety. Aside from develpoments with high technological potential, they lead us directly to basic questions of structure formation: how does nature manage to get from 'being 'to 'becoming'?
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.