Group member: Somiéalo Azote

Somiéalo Azote joins the group in September 2015 to pursue a PhD, working on mechanical properties of collections of cells. Currently Somiéalo is working on the role of cytoskeletal networks in the elastic response of cells. Eventually this will be coupled into a model for tissues. We are grateful for generous funding of her studies… Read More »

Polymers and filaments in confined geometries

Imagine the filaments forming the cytoskeleton of a cell.  They are confined within the cell membrane.  Not only do these filaments influence how the cell might  behave mechanically, but how the filaments behave is coupled to the restricted space in which they grow, arrange or combine into networks.  Similarly one can think of polymers inside… Read More »

Paper: Molecular dynamics simulations of polymer systems under geometrical confinement

Arash Azari, Kristian K. Müller-Nedebock “Entropic competition in polymeric systems under geometrical confinement”, EPL 110 68004 doi:10.1209/0295-5075/110/68004 (alternatively, http://arxiv.org/abs/1408.5312) We present simulations of alternating copolymers of segments of different stiffness that are confined within regions.  Mixtures of different chains then have different arrangements depending on the size of the confining region. In another paper we shall be… Read More »

Professor Sir Sam Edwards

In the daily scientific activities of this research group, the scientific insights and methods of Professor Sir Sam Edwards are very frequently employed.  We use his theoretical tools when studying networks or topology of polymers, and the understanding of the dynamics of polymers is forever influenced by his magnificent insights. We remember a truly great… Read More »