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

  • Backholm M, Bäumchen O (2019) Micropipette Force Sensors for in vivo Force Measurements on Single Cells and Multicellular Microorganisms. Nature Protocols 14:594
  • Ilton M, Salez T, Fowler PD, Rivetti M, Aly M, Benzaquen M, McGraw J D, Raphaël E, Dalnoki-Veress K, Bäumchen O (2018) Adsorption-induced slip inhibition for polymer melts on ideal substrates. Nature Communications 9:1172
  • Ostapenko T, Schwarzendahl FJ, Böddeker TJ, Kreis CT, Cammann J, Mazza MG, Bäumchen O (2018) Curvature-guided motility of microalgae in geometric confinement. Physical Review Letters 120:068002
  • Kreis C, LeBlay M, Linne C, Makowski M, Bäumchen O (2018) Adhesion of Chlamydomonas Microalgae to Surfaces is Switchable by Light. Nature Physics 14:56
  • Haefner S, Benzaquen M, Bäumchen O, Salez T, Peters R, McGraw JD, Jacobs K, Raphael E, Dalnoki-Veress K (2015) Influence of Slip on the Plateau-Rayleigh Instability on a Fibre. Nature Communications 6:7409
  • Ilton M, Bäumchen O, Dalnoki-Veress K (2015) Onset of Area-Dependent Dissipation in Droplet Spreading. Phys. Rev. Lett. 115:046103
  • Bäumchen O, Marquant L, Blossey R, Münch A, Wagner B, Jacobs K (2014) Influence of Slip on the Rayleigh-Plateau Rim Instability in Dewetting Viscous Films. Phys. Rev. Lett. 113:014501
  • McGraw JD, Salez T, Bäumchen O, Raphaël E, Dalnoki-Veress K (2012) Self-Similarity and Energy Dissipation in Stepped Polymer Films. Phys. Rev. Lett. 109:128303
  • Bäumchen O McGraw JD, Forrest JA, Dalnoki-Veress K (2012) Reduced Glass Transition Temperatures in Thin Polymer Films: Surface Effect or Artifact. Phys. Rev. Lett. 109:055701