Müller, Prof. Marcus

Marcus Müller received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics in 1995 from the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität in Mainz, Germany working with Kurt Binder on structure and thermodynamics of polymer blends. After a TRACS visit at the EPCC Edinburgh, working with Mike Cates on ring polymers, he went as a Feodor Lynen fellow to the University of Washington, where he worked with Michael Schick on homopolymer/copolymer mixtures and fusion of model bilayer membranes. He returned back to Mainz and obtained his Habilitation in theoretical physics in 1999. Before joining the Institute for Theoretical Physics in Göttingen in 2005, he was an associate professor in the department of physics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Hochschuldozent at the University of Mainz, and a Heisenberg fellow of the German Science Foundation (DFG). He did research at the IFF, Jülich, Germany and the INIFTA and CNEA, Argentina. The APS awarded him the 2004 John H. Dillon Medal. In the same year he received a Lichtenberg professorship from the Volkswagen foundation to study biophysical models for collective phenomena in membranes. His research interests focus on computational soft matter, in particular the phase behavior and interface properties in polymer blends, solutions and amphiphilic systems. Quantitatively comparing computer simulations and numerical self-consistent field calculations, he investigates wetting and phase behavior in thin films, self-assembly of copolymers and binary brushes, the kinetics of phase separation, and coarse-grained models for membranes. He has (co-)authored more than 300 publications and is a fellow of APS, vice-spokesperson of the Chemical and Polymer Physics Division of DPG, chairman of the scientific council of the von-Neumann-Institute for Computing (NIC), and an associate editor of ACS Macro Letters.