Research Group Physics of active matter

From nonequilibrium thermodynamics to pattern formation

We aim at exploring the thermodynamics of nonequilibrium systems whose constituents consume energy to sustained dynamical patterns.

Collective states far from equilibrium

Active matter encompasses a large variety of systems ranging from living matter to synthetic systems. The combination of individual activity and interactions between individuals leads to collective effects without any equilibrium equivalent. We rationalize these effects with minimal models, combining methods of statistical mechanics, hydrodynamics, and soft matter.

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