Göttinger Graduiertenschule für Neurowissenschaften, Biophysik und Molekulare Biowissenschaften

Dr. Jan Moláček

Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization

  • Since 2016 Project leader at MPIDS, Göttingen, Germany
  • 2013-2017 Postdoctoral Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Göttingen, Germany
  • 2008-2013 Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA with Prof. John Bush
  • 2007-2008 Certificate of Advanced Studies in Mathematics, University of Cambridge, UK
  • 2004-2007 B.A. in Mathematics, University of Cambridge, UK

Major Research Interests
How do cloud droplets grow to produce rain? What do droplets bouncing on a vibrating substrate have in common with quantum mechanics? How to best capture the dynamics governing liquid drops that happens over very small temporal and spatial scales? The interaction of droplets with each other, with turbulent flows and with more complicated bodies provides a rich area of study, both from an experimental as well as theoretical point of view. My current focus is an investigation of the influence of turbulence on the dynamics and growth of cloud droplets and other cloud particles, by means of a particle-tracking system installed at our field laboratory at the Schneefernerhaus research station near Zugspitze. At our Göttingen laboratory, I study drop-drop interactions under a variety of conditions and also continue to develop theoretical basis for the fascinating topic of hydrodynamic quantum analogies.

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Selected Recent Publications

  • Oza, Siéfert, Harris, Moláček, Bush (2017) Orbiting pais of walking droplets: Dynamics and stability, Phys Rev Fluids 2 (5), 053601

  • Bush, Oza, Moláček (2014) The Wave-induced added mass of walking droplets, J Fluid Mech 755, R7

  • Moláček, Bush (2013) Drops bouncing on a vibrating bath, J Fluid Mech 727, 582-611

  • Moláček, Bush (2013) Drops walking on a vibrating bath: towards a hydrodynamic pilot-wave theory, J Fluid Mech 727 , 612-647

  • Wind-Willassen, Moláček, Harris, Bush (2013) Exotic states of bouncing and walking droplets, Phys Fluids 25 , 082002

  • Moláček, Denny, Bush (2012) The fine art of surfacing: its efficacy in broadcast spawning , J Theor Biol 294, 40-47