Michael Kuron

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Michael Kuron
PhD student
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Email:mkuron _at_ icp.uni-stuttgart.de
Address:Michael Kuron
Institute for Computational Physics
Universität Stuttgart
Allmandring 3
70569 Stuttgart
Germany

I am a PhD student in Christian Holm's group, working on lattice Boltzmann simulations of cooperative behavior of active particles, under the supervision of Joost de Graaf.

Publications


Master's Thesis

"Efficient Lattice Boltzmann Algorithms for Colloids Undergoing Electrophoresis" (file does not exist!), 2015, Institute for Computational Physics, University of Stuttgart (Download will be available soon)

For this thesis, waLBerla, a highly-scalable grid framework for applications such as lattice-Boltzmann and solving partial differential equations, was extended so that it can be used for simulating the electrokinetics of active colloids.

Bachelor Thesis

application_pdf.png"Like-Charge Attraction in DNA" (2.3 MB)Info circle.png, 2013, Institute for Computational Physics, University of Stuttgart

For this thesis, the MMM1D algorithm was ported to GPGPU. This resulted in a 40-fold performance increase over the previous implementation in ESPResSo and now allows for Molecular Dynamics simulations with electrostatic interactions in 1D-periodic geometries with several thousand particles.

Using this, simulations with various simple DNA models were performed. These simulations show that charge discretization and phase shifts between DNA molecules, modeled as rods, have a significant influence on their attractive properties, an effect that previous works disregarded as it was computationally too expensive, even though it turns out to be too large to neglect for realistic results. Curling up the discretely charged rods into helices, thus making the most accurate model of DNA that could be simulated with the limits of time and resources for this thesis, reveals further geometry dependencies and again a strong influence of a phase shift between the two helices. For phase shifts of 180°, the results for the continuous rods are mostly recovered for large Bjerrum lengths, but for any other phase shift, the forces are weaker, albeit still attractive.

Teaching

Students

  • Cameron Stewart, M.Sc. thesis "Development of a Lattice Boltzmann-based Oldroyd-B Model for Simulating Viscoelastic Fluids" (2018)
  • Philipp Stärk, B.Sc. thesis "Toward Swimming in Porous Networks: Interactions between Microswimmers and Obstacles" (2018)
  • Christian Burkard, B.Sc. thesis "Investigating the Behavior of Active Colloids at Interfaces Using the Squirmer Model and the Lattice Boltzmann Algorithm" (2017)

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