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Proceedings of Force Fields 2014

Proceedings of the Workshop on Force Fields: From atoms to materials, which was held from November 3-5, 2014, at Forschungszentrum Jülich are now published at
Modelling and Simulation in Materials Science and Engineering.

Dissipation of polymer brushes

Lubrication of biological systems often involves the presence of polymers that are end-anchored to rubbing surfaces. The polymers swell in a solvent to form brushes, which then act as low-viscosity bearings when surfaces slide against a counter face.

In a recent article, featured on the cover of Soft Matter and picked as one of July’s hot papers by RSC, we investigated a commonly  assumed hypothesis: Friction between rubbing surfaces is predominantly induced by the mutual penetration of opposing polymer brushes. (more…)


Force Fields 2014

We would like to call attention to the workshop Force Fields: From Atoms to Materials, or brief force fields 2014, which will take place November 3-5, 2014 at Forschungszentrum Jülich. The workshop, which is chaired by Prof. Müser, will focus on the development of modern force fields making possible the description of bond breaking, defects, chemical reactions and heterogeneity including interfaces.

Leaks revealed

Our latest published work on leakage through seals was selected as editor’s choice by Physical Review Letters and featured with a focus article. There is also some coverage in the German media (Tagesspiegel, Scinexx).