
Theory of soft and biomatter
Recommended literature
 SA Safran, Statistical thermodynamics of surfaces, interfaces, and membranes, AddisonWesley, Reading 1994
 PM Chaikin and TC Lubensky, Principles of condensed matter physics, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 1995
 JN Israelachvili, Intermolecular and surface force, 2nd edition, Academic Press 1991
 DF Evans and H Wennerstr�m, The colloidal domain: where physics, chemistry, and biology meet, 2nd edition, Wiley 1998
 RAL Jones, Soft condensed matter, Oxford University Press 2002
 KA Dill and S Bromberg, Molecular driving forces : statistical thermodynamics in chemistry and biology, Garland Sci. 2003
 R Lipowsky and E Sackmann, Eds., Structure and Dynamics of Membranes, Elsevier, Amsterdam 1995
 LD Landau and EM Lifschitz, Elasticity Theory (VII), ButterworthHeinemann, Oxford
Schedule
 21.4.: Introduction: soft matter & biological physics, membranes & polymers in cells, shape of vesicles, capsules & cells, basic scales in cellular systems
 28.4. + 12.5. + 19.5.: Molecular and colloidal interactions: electrostatic interaction, PoissonBoltzmann theory, strong coupling limit, DebyeHueckel theory, dipolar interactions, van der Waals interaction, Hamaker theory, Derjaguin approximation, hydrophilic/hydrophobic interactions, depletion interaction, DLVO theory
 2.6. and 9.6.: Simple and complex fluids: ideal gas, virial expansion, van der Waals fluid, hard spheres, liquid crystals, isotropicnematic transition, Gibbs phase rule, amphiphilic systems
 16.6. and 23.6.: Fluidfluid interfaces: GinzburgLandau theory, kink solution, surface tension, introduction to differential geometry, capillary waves, Laplace equation, wetting, Young equation, foams, RayleighPlateau instability, software surface evolver
 30.6.: Fluid membranes: curvature energy, fluctuations, Helfrich interaction, vesicle shapes, vesicle adhesion
 7.7.: Elasticity theory: stress and strain, Hookean body and Newtonian fluid, isotropic material, contact mechanics, JKRtheory, shell theory, cell mechanics
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