Head of the Department Polymer InterfacesDr. Günter K. Auernhammer
Group Leader: Wetting and Surface tension
Departement: Polymer Interfaces
Günter K. Auernhammer studied physics at the Universität Bayreuth (Germany) and Université Denis Diderot (Paris, France). He obtained his diploma under the supervision of Prof. H. R. Brand with a theoretical thesis on thermal convection in a rotation layer of a magnetic fluid.
During his PhD, he worked again with Prof. H. R. Brand at Bayreuth but also in close collaboration with Prof. Harald Pleiner at the Max-Planck-Institut für Polymerforschung. In 2004 he obtained his PhD with a thesis on instabilities in layered liquids, like smectic liquid crystals and blockcoplymers. As a Postdoc he switched to experiments and first jointed the group of PD Dr. Doris Vollmer at the Max-Planck-Institut für Polymerforschung. There he became interested on phase separation kinetics of binary mixtures under continuously ramping the temperature. As an Individual Marie Curie Fellow he joined the group of Dr. Philippe Martinoty at the Institute de Mécanique des Fluides et des Solides (Strasbourg, France) for two years.
There he mainly studied magnetic colloids embedded in polymeric matrices, especially uniaxial magnetic sols and gels and their mechanical and optical properties. At the Max-Planck-Institut für Polymerforschung he was now heading an experimental group focusing on dynamics of soft matter until 2017. In October 2017 he joined the Leibniz Institute for Polymer Research, Institute of Physical Chemistry and Polymer Physics. He is heading an experimental group on wetting and other aspects of dynamics in soft matter systems.