Dr. Oliver Bäumchen*

  • 2006 Diplom in Physics, Saarland University
  • 2006-2011 Research Assistant (Jacobs Lab), Saarland University
  • 2007-2008 Lecturer, University of Applied Sciences (HTW), Saarbrücken
  • 2010 Dissertation in Physics (Dr.rer.nat.), Saarland University
  • 2011-2013 DFG Postdoctoral Fellow, McMaster University (Dalnoki-­Veress Lab), Hamilton, Canada
  • since August 2013 Group Leader, Department of Dynamics of Complex Fluids, Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-­Organization, Göttingen
  • 2015 Joliot Chair Visiting Faculty, ESPCI, Paris
  • 2016 Total-ESPCI Chair Visiting Faculty, ESPCI, Paris, France

Major Research Interests

  • Stability and dynamics of thin liquid films and droplets
  • Hydrodynamic boundary conditions in micro- and nanofluidics
  • Elastocapillarity: interactions between liquids and soft foundations
  • Light-switchable adhesion of photoactive microorganisms
  • Dynamic interfacial forces in biological and active soft matter
  • Life in complex geometry: motility of microswimmers in confinement
  • Mechanical properties of vesicles and polymersomes

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Selected Recent Publications

  • C. Kreis, M. LeBlay, C. Linne, M. Makowski, and O. Bäumchen (2017) Adhesion of Chlamydomonas Microalgae to Surfaces is Switchable by Light. Nature Physics. DOI: 10.1038/nphys4258

  • S. Haefner, M. Benzaquen, O. Bäumchen, T. Salez, R. Peters, J.D. McGraw, K. Jacobs, E. Raphael, and K. Dalnoki-Veress (2015) Influence of Slip on the Plateau-Rayleigh Instability on a Fibre. Nature Communications 6:7409

  • M. Ilton, O. Bäumchen, and K. Dalnoki-Veress (2015) Onset of Area-Dependent Dissipation in Droplet Spreading. Phys. Rev. Lett. 115:046103

  • O. Bäumche., H. Hähl, P. Loskill, and K. Jacobs (2015) Vom Photolack zum Gecko-Wie intermolekulare Kräfte Adhäsion, Adsorption und Benetzung beeinflussen. Physik Journal 14:37

  • O. Bäumchen, L. Marquant, R. Blossey, A. Münch, B. Wagner, and K. Jacobs (2014) Influence of Slip on the Rayleigh-Plateau Rim Instability in Dewetting Viscous Films. Phys. Rev. Lett. 113:014501

  • J.D. McGraw, T. Salez, O. Bäumchen, E. Raphaël, and K. Dalnoki-Veress (2012) Self-Similarity and Energy Dissipation in Stepped Polymer Films. Phys. Rev. Lett. 109:128303

  • O. Bäumchen, J.D. McGraw, J.A. Forrest, and K. Dalnoki-Veress (2012) Reduced Glass Transition Temperatures in Thin Polymer Films: Surface Effect or Artifact. Phys. Rev. Lett. 109;055701

  • O. Bäumchen, R. Fetzer, and K. Jacobs (2009) Reduced Interfacial Entanglement Density Affects the Boundary Conditions of Polymer Flow. Phys. Rev. Lett. 103:247801