SFB 937

Elasticity of anisotropic macromolecular networks

In this project we will investigate the role of motor activity for mechanical and structural properties of cytoskeletal polymer networks. The goal is to develop a consistent simulation method that is able to reproduce various experimentally observed phenomena, like motor-induced stiffening or the breakdown of the fluctuation-dissipation relation. We will also be interested in the coupling of filament chirality, motor motion and network torques.