Since May 2017, I am a group leader at the Leibniz institute for polymer research Dresden, Germany. I completed my PhD in 2011 at the Eindhoven University of Technology. I performed my postdoctoral research in Amsterdam (Fred MacKintosh Vrije Universiteit), Goettingen (Christoph Schmidt, Goettingen university) and Switzerland (Joseph Brader, Fribourg university).
Understanding the fundamental material properties of soft matter:
My research relies extensively on theoretical statistical mechanics; equilibrium and non-equilibrium. The main goal is to provide a theoretical understanding of material properties using microscopic first principles approach. Biological Soft Matter:
Using tools from the theory of critical phenomenon, elasticity theory and large scale numerical simulations, I have studied linear and nonlinear mechanics of biopolymer networks. Working together with experimentalists, I have investigated how different fields such as bending rigidity, stress, and strain can stabilize an otherwise floppy network. Some of the important results of my research are:
• Nonlinear mechanics are not sensitive to the detailed microstructure of the network
• Motor-activity induced failure of a network exhibits remarkable similarity to percolation transition
• Stress governs the mechanics of collagen networks over a wide range of concentration
Active Brownian Particles:
I investigate the non-equilibrium properties of active systems using a combination of Response theory, Density Functional Theory and Brownian dynamics simulations. Some of the important results of my research are:
• Treating the activity as a non-equilibrioum perturbation, exact expressions can be obtained for key observables, such as average swim speed and average orientation, of active systems.
• One can go beyond the linear response theory by using density functional theory to access observables such as density and pair-correlation function of an active system.
- June 2006 - Master of Technology in Electrical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India Advisor: B. Mazhari Thesis: “Contact resistance of top-contact organic field-effect transistors”
- June 2011 - Doctorate in Theoretical Physics, Technical University Eindhoven, The Netherlands Advisor: M. A. J. Michels Thesis: “Modelling bias-induced changes of organic field-effect transistor characteristics”
- 2011-2014: Post-Doctoral Fellow Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands Group Leader: Fred MacKintosh
- 2014-2015: Post-Doctoral Fellow University of Göttingen, Germany Group Leader: Christoph Schmidt
- 2015-2017: Post-Doctoral Fellow University of Fribourg, Switzerland Group Leader: Joseph Brader
- Since May 2017 Group Leader, Leibniz Institute for Polymer research, Dresden
- Complete CV with list of publications
Since 2017 lectures about „Introduction to the physics of active soft matter“ at the TU Dresden.
• Statistical Physics of Biological systems, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
• Active Processes in Biology, Göttingen University, Germany
• Statistical Mechanics, University College Amsterdam, The Netherlands
• Computational Physics, Technical University Eindhoven, The Netherlands
• Physics Laboratory, Technical University Eindhoven, The Netherlands