Theory and Simulation of Soft Matter, Hydrodynamics, and Biophysics Joost de Graaf

Soft Matter and Biophysics

My research focuses on the physics over everyday phenomena, which turns out to be surpringly rich. For example, why does your paint look good one day and does it come out as a liquid followed by some solid bits the next? How do bacteria move around in our body and how are they removed? Can we describe the way objects fall through slimy fluids? In many cases, answering these questions tests the limits of our current analytic and numerical ability and touches upon fundamental problems in physics.

Analytics and Numerics A Wide Range of Options

My group has expertise in computational fluid dynamics using the lattice-Boltzmann method, FFTW-based spectral solvers, the finite-element and finite-volume method, and analytic theory. This is complemented by the modeling of electrokinetic transport, phase-field approaches for pattern formation, density functional theory, Monte Carlo and Molecular Dynamics simulations, etc., with specific focus on the description of active and out-of-equilibrium processes in soft matter and biophysics.

We are always looking for new collaborations and would be keen to discuss possible B.Sc.'s and M.Sc.'s projects. Currently, we do not have an opening for a PhD or Postdoc position.