Biofluid Simulation and Modeling
Imagine a human being made entirely of solid materials. Seems strange, right? Indeed, nearly all processes in living organisms take place in a liquid environment. Oxygen transport in blood, swimming of bacteria, or the stability of cell membranes are but a few examples for the importance of biofluids.
Simulations using the power of present-day supercomputers allow the investigation of many of these phenomena in enormous detail. Such simulations have become an indispensable tool in all areas of modern physics which - after proper validation through closely corresponding experiments - opens the path for theoretical modeling and eventually for a complete understanding of the involved phenomena. The large range of time and length scales occuring in biofluids motivates the use of continuum (Boundary-Integral), mesoscopic (Lattice-Boltzmann) as well as atomistic (Molecular Dynamics) methods within our group.
Out of the vast subject of biofluids, our current research interest focusses on two areas: drug delivery agents in blood flow and absorption of electromagnetic radiation in biological liquids.
Funding for the group through the Lichtenberg program of the Volkswagen Foundation is gratefully acknowledged.