Current courses (WS 2013/2014)

Seminar course "Optimal Shapes and Complex Structure in Soft Matter Physics" : We will explore the formation of complex structure in soft matter systems, relevant to both synthetic and biological systems, in response to minimisation of relatively simple energy functionals that are often very geometric in their nature. The seminar will give an overview of the systems where such approaches apply, including biological membranes, liquid foams, cellular systems, minimal surfaces, biophotonic crystals, granular materials, etc. Each set of seminar talks (see format description below) will represent some background on the different disciplines, and some hands-on projects, e.g. computational projects using the 'Surface Evolver', 3D printing of complex structures or experiments on foams or granular matter. Some information is available here.

Upcoming courses (spring 2014 and SS2014)

Programming course February and March 2014 : We are organising an introductory block course about computer programming in C/C++ and scientific computing, to be held in spring 2014 and open for FAU students. The course, held in German, consists of 5 full days of lectures, hands-on tutorials and exercise classes. We will offer this same course twice, from 24-28 Feb 2014 and from 17-21 Mar 2014. More information and registration here.

Introduction to computational physics and numerical methods (summer semester 2013) : This course is open to bachelor and master students who whish to learn about the basics of computational physics, scientific computing and numerical methods, comprising a weekly two hour lecture and weekly tutorials. Lecture times are likely to be Mondays from 3:15 to 4:45 in Hörsaal F! Some details of this course as taught in the previous years is available here: univis more info (in German)

Past teaching activities

(Note that this is an incomplete list of my teaching activities)

International Summer School "Geometry and Topology of Liquid Crystals and Related Ordered Materials" : This 5-day course, taught at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen in August 2013, has explored the geometry and topology of cellular patterns found in synthetic and biological materials with emphasis on the fundamental structural aspects of these mesostructures. No specialised mathematical knowledge was assumed and we had a good mix of students with theoretical or experimental backgrounds. We are likely to organise a repeat of this event, especially if there is enough interest. We are maintaining an email list of people possibly interested in participating in future courses, so drop us an email ( if you would like to be added to that list. more information