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Markus Koch

Institute Theory of Polymers
+49 351 4658 272 +49 351 4658 752

Fields of research

  • Multiscale modelling of azobenzene-containing materials and their behavior under light irradiation
  • Structure and rheology of polymer brushes of various architectures
  • Implementation of techniques in coarse-grained and full-atomistic molecular dynamics simulations


  • 2010 - 2016: Studies of Phyics at TU Dresden (Institute Theory of Polymers)
  • Bachelor (2013) and Master (2016) in Physics in the Institute Theory of Polymers, IPF Dresden under supervision of Prof. Sommer
  • since 2016: PhD student in MTM group at IPF Dresden


  • Since 2015: teaching assistant for „Computer Simulation of Soft Condensed Matter“ at TU Dresden
  • Winter semester 2017/18: teaching assistant for „Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics“ at TU Dresden

Selected publications

M. Koch, M. Saphiannikova, S. Santer and O. Guskova, J. Phys. Chem. B, 2017, 121 (37), 8854-8867. Photoisomers of Azobenzene Star with a Flat Core: Theoretical Insights into Multiple States from DFT anD MD Perspective

S. Loebner, N. Lomadze, A. Kopyshev, M. Koch, O. Guskova, M. Saphiannikova and S. Santer, J. Phys. Chem. B, 2018, 122 (6), 2001-2009.
Light-Induced Deformation of Azobenzene-Containing Colloidal Spheres: Calculation and Measurement of Opto-Mechanical Stresses