News from Bio and Nano Physics

  8.01.2020 Our paper "Target search of active agents crossing high energy barriers" has been published in Physical Review Letters!  (Link)

Many research fields in biology, medicine, and pharmacology involve active agents exploring complex environments in order to reach a target region.

Whenever searching involves overcoming energy barriers, naive computer simulations may become inefficient, while advanced methods specific for a rare transition cannot be straightforwardly applied because of the non-equilibrium character of active agents.

In our paper, we solve this problem by developing an algorithm generalizing Transition Path Sampling (a renowned algorithm for enhanced sampling) to active Brownian dynamics.



  23.9.2020 Our new paper on  active crowded needles has been published! 

 23.6.2020 Group hike to Höttinger Alm with the students of the computational physics class.

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  27.4.2019 The group demonstrated soft matter, active particles and computer simulations to the public at the University of Innsbruck campus open day. The silly putty and soap propelled boats were a big hit with the kids!


   10.4.2019 Prof. Dr. Felix Höfling from the Freie Universität Berlin presents his work on "Emergence of molecular friction in liquids: a memory kernel perspective" at the theory colloquium.

  16.8.2018 Our new paper on the dynamics of catalytic Janus particles has been published! 

  • C Kurzthaler, C Devailly, J Arlt, T Franosch, WCK Poon, VA Martinez, AT Brown, Probing the spatiotemporal dynamics of catalytic Janus colloids with single-particle tracking and differential dynamic microscopyPhys. Rev. Lett. 121 (7), 078001 (2018) 

See Newsroom for more info. 

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 23.7.2018 Group retreat in Gaschurn with the Soft Matter Theory group from Universität Konstanz.

Group retreat 2018

  15.6.2018 Hiking day with the ITP!

  13.6.2018 Prof. Dr. Martin Oettel from the University of Tuebingen presents his work on 'Small particles at fluid interfaces: model systems for 2d gravity, the Casimir effect and anomalously fast diffusion' at the Theory colloquium (17.15h,   2S17, 1st floor, ITP)

  22.5.2018 Luca Pizzagalli from the University of Trento joins us for his master project


Past events

CMD26 – The 26th Conference of the Condensed Matter Division of the EPS

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Groningen (Netherlands), September 4-9, 2016

The 26th Conference of the Condensed Matter Division will encompass all areas of Condensed Matter Physics, from soft matter and biophysics to correlated electron systems and quantum simulators. CMD 26 follows on the success of CMD 24 in Edinburgh in 2012 and CMD 25 / Condensed Matter in Paris in 2014, and turnout is expected to be large. Please visit the conference website at .

3rd International Workshop – Nonlinear Response in Complex Matter 

Primošten (Croatia), September 26-30, 2016

This workshop features lectures dealing with the nonlinear response of complex systems upon application of external perturbations, with contributions from groups dealing with experiment, computer simulation and theory. Examples are the response in strong external fields, non-linear rheology of dense complex fluids, plastic events in amorphous solids, or granular materials.

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It is part of a series of workshops with this title and is sponsored by the DFG-Research Unit FOR 1394 “Nonlinear response to probe vitrification”. The last workshop took place in Erlangen in 2013. Complex systems are characterized by many degrees of freedom with competing interaction. For understanding the highly complex dynamics it is extremely helpful to go beyond the linear response. A detailed characterization of the spatio-temporal nonlinear response to homogeneous and inhomogeneous perturbations contains important additional pieces of information about the underlying structural and dynamical properties. In macro-rheological experiments this amounts, e.g., to the understanding of shear thinning, shear thickening or the occurrence of shear bands. However, the full scope of the nonlinear response and the corresponding non-equilibrium behavior has yet to be fully explored.

This workshop will be a platform for discussions on recent developments in this active and multi-disciplinary field. By bringing together workers from these different fields, a fruitful exchange about the similar behaviors but also the differences, ranging from microscopic to macroscopic length scales, is envisaged.

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Scientific: Andreas Heuer
(Universität Münster)

Financial: Matthias Fuchs
(Universität Konstanz)

Local: Thomas Franosch, David Smith
(Universität Innsbruck, RBI Zagreb)

Web/Technical: Markus Blank-Burian
(Universität Münster)

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