Overview of the Research at the ICP. For more information and the contact persons for each topic, see the respective subpage!


ESPResSo is a free, open-source software package for simulations of soft-matter systems, which is co-developed and used in the working group for most of its research.

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Charged Soft Matter

Complex Liquids in Porours Media

In order to understand nano-confined systems, which are of great interest for energy storage and catalysis applications, we employ various computer simulation methods to gain microscopic understanding, ranging from density functional theory to classical molecular simulations. In addition, we employ different coarse-graining approaches in order to bridge the gaps to effective continuum approaches which include all microscopic details.

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Magnetic Soft Matter

Applied and Theoretical Machine Learning

We apply machine learning to develop interatomic potentials and intelligent solutions to multi-agent reinforcement tasks. Moreover, we investigate neural networks through the lens of physics principles to understand how computers learn and we explore the capabilities of quantum neural networks for time-series predictions.

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Nanopore Sequencing

Biological macromolecules are indispensable for the human body. They serve as energy sources, metabolic helpers, tiny "robots" or means of communication and are crucial for many metabolic processes. Researching them helps to understand diseases and develop medicines more precisely.

Over the last ten years, researchers have developed methods to accurately sequence DNA and RNA at the molecular level. The nanodiag BW future cluster is now endeavouring to extend these techniques to proteins and peptides.

The substance to be analysed is placed in a salt solution that is separated by a lipid membrane with a nanopore. This pore enables the transport of atoms, ions and molecules. An applied electrical voltage causes the transport of ions and the analyte through the pore. The interaction of the analyte in the pore leads to a temporary reduction in the ion current, which is used for the analysis.

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Christian Holm

Prof. Dr.

Head of Institute

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Simone Blümlein



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