Olfa D’Angelo published the article „Granular piston-probing in microgravity: powder compression from densification to jamming“ in npj Microgravity.

This articles shows experimental evidence that granular jamming happens at a lower packing fraction under microgravity than under Earth gravity. Check out the full article: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41526-022-00235-2

Adriana Enriquez Florat has a BAYLAT scholarship at MSS

Adriana from University of Havana, Kuba, received a scholarship to study in „controlled motion induced by acoustic resonance“.

We appreciate that Dr. Artem Panchenko is our new Postdoc at MSS

Artem works on the project „Homogenization of granular pipe flow“ using CFD-DEM simulation.

We are pleased about working together with Prof. Dr. Ebrahimnazhad Rahbari

School of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Seoul National University

Vasileios Angelidakis was invited to deliver a virtual talk at the 2022 International Conference on Green Intelligent Mining of Thick Coal Seam held at Beijing during 23-25 July 2022

The talk was entitled „Towards systematic image-informed modelling of granular materials with irregular particles“.

We are glad that Huzaif Rahim is our new PhD student

He will be working on „Investigation of Weissenberg effect in granular media“.

Vasileios Angelidakis was invited to the YADE Hackathon held at TU Bergakademie in Freiberg, Saxony during 23-24 June 2022

Olfa D’Angelo was elected as chair of the next Gordon Research Seminar. She will be responsible for organising the seminar in 2024 at Stonehill College, with the help of her co-chair, Navid Hooshanginejad from Brown University.

At the Gordon Conference 2022 on Granular Matter, Olfa D’Angelo won two poster prizes: one for the Gordon Research Seminar (GRS, for young scientists) and one for the Gordon Research Conference (GRC). She was therefore invited to give a talk at the GRC.

We appreciate that Dr. Hongyi Xiao is our new Postdoc at MSS

Dr. Xiao studies the mechanics and physics of granular materials with special interests in their structure-property relations, and will extend his research to study granular problems in additive manufacturing.

Olfa D’Angelo was invited to speak about the rheology of granular fluids at the 31st Dutch Soft Matter Meeting in Delft

We are pleased that Utku Canbolat becomes our new PhD student

He will work in the field: Fractures in Granular Matter – Theory and large-scale simulations

We welcome our new Postdoc Dr. Vasileios Angelidakis

Vasileios works on two research projects (1) The further development of an open-source sequential deposition algorithm for packing generation and (2) Studying the mechanical behaviour of granular metamaterials via DEM simulations

Olfa D’Angelo was invited with her colleague Maziyar Jalaal from the University of Amsterdam to talk about 3D printing in space on the radio show Talk That Science from Echobox radio!

Listen to their intervention, soon available in podcast at:

Olfa D’Angelo and the VIP-DROP2 team submitted this video to the APS DSOFT Gallery of Soft Matter competition.

A droplet of stress-birefringent fluid (CTAB/NaSal) is deposited during a drop tower experiment realized at the Bremen ZARM drop tower; on the left, the complex fluid droplet is observed from the side, while on the right it is observed from below, under polarized light.

Crash Course: Advanced Lattice Boltzmann Simulations

Prof. José-Daniel Muñoz, Simulation of Physical Systems Group, Department of Physics, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá

CIP-Pool, Konrad-Zuse-Str. 3-5

16.11.21: 14:15-15:45; 18.11.21: 14:15-15:45; 23.11.21: 14:15-15:45; 25.11.21: 14:15-15:45

We are glad, that Dr. Olfa Lopez-D’Angelo joined our institute

Olfa works experimentally on the rheology of soft matter, and in particular on how gravity influences the behaviour of such materials, notably granular materials

FAU Visiting Professor José-Daniel Muñoz arrived at MSS

Prof. José-Daniel Muñoz is the director of the Simulation of Physical Systems Group at the National University of Colombia (UNAL), Bogota. His research interest focuses on the numerical modeling and analysis of granular media, building materials, acoustics, fluid mechanics, vehicular traffic and statistical mechanics. José-Daniel will stay at MSS for two months.

We are pleased about working together with Dr. Sudeshna Roy at MSS


She will work in the field: Multiscale Modelling of Additive Manufacturing

MSS paper featured in Laborjournal: „Insufficient evidence for ageing in protein dynamics“, Nature Physics 17, 773-774 (2021)

2015 berichtet ein Forschungsteam: Proteine altern. Das Paper haben sich zwei Wissenschaftler genauer angesehen und widersprechen. Altern bei Proteinen sei noch nicht bewiesen.

MSS uses additive manufacturing to mimic human organs for the calibration of computed tomography

MSS has developed significant expertise in additive manufacturing. Around one hundred students learn a plethora of 3D printing processes every year.
In collaboration with partners from medical imaging, MSS 3D-printed imitations of human organs for the calibration of single-photon emission computed tomography.
These so-called phantoms represent the appearance of a typical patient’s brain and allow the calibration of the process with the aim of higher resolution images of the actual patient.

We appreciate that Ayman Ameen is our new PhD student at MSS

He will work in the field: Image reconstruction for Electrical Impedance Tomography using AI approaches

We are pleased that Atharva Pandit becomes our new PhD student at MSS

He will work in the field: Tracking of particles and image reconstruction in multi-beam X-ray tomography

We are glad that Meysam Bagheri is our new PhD student at MSS

He will work in the field: Physics of drying suspensions

We welcome our new PhD student Sarthak Jadhav at MSS

He will work in the field of DEM simulations of 3D printing processes

Lehromat 1000 – MSS supports public schools in teaching under pandemic conditions

For the large group of students in elementary and secondary schools, the government’s response to the spreading Covid-19 pandemic means that classes will be cancelled for long periods of time. An alternative to distance learning is alternate teaching. Here, half of the class is taught at the school, while the other half of the students are taught at home via distance learning. The Lehromat 1000 is a device designed to assist the teacher in alternate teaching. With its help, the non-present students are fully involved in what is happening in the classroom.

Information on Lehromat: http://lehromat.de

Press reports:
Neumarkt TV

We welcome our new PhD student Holger Götz at MSS

He will work on the optimization of a robotic granular gripper using simulations and machine learning.

BILD reports on publication with MSS contribution

„Surfactants and rotelles in active chiral fluids“ in Science Advances

MSS paper selected as Editor’s Pick in „Physics of Fluids“

The renowned journal Physics of Fluids has selected our research paper „Can Minkowski tensors of a simply-connected porous microstructure characterize its permeability?” by Prapanch Nair, Sebastian Mühlbauer, Shantanu Roy, and Thorsten Pöschel as Editor’s Pick. The paper will be published shortly.

We welcome our new PhD student Felix Buchele at MSS

He will work in the field of Computational Particle-based Fluid Dynamics.

Dr.h.c. for Stefan Sokołowski

Previous Humboldt fellow of MSS, Prof. Stefan Sokołowski from the University Lublin (Poland) was awarded honoris causa doctorate of the Institute for Condensed Matter Physics of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Lviv.

MSS-Book: Вернер Эбелинг и Торстен Пёшель: Лекции по квантовой статистике с приоложениями к разреженным газам и плазме

Priv.-Doz. Dr. Igor Goychuk was appointed as an editorial board member of the MDPI journal “Physchem” which is active in the field of physical Chemistry.

Dr. Zhiyuan Cui joined our institute as a research scholar founded by China Scholarship Council.

Dr. Cui will study agitated granular flow using a turbulence model and the process of transition this urbulent-like state using catastrophe theory.

We are pleased about working together with Prof. Leopoldo Gómez at MSS

Humboldt Fellowship

MSS paper quoted at Phys.org

Brownian motion of particles in fluid is a common collective behavior in biological and physical systems. In a new report on Science Advances, Kai Leong Chong, and a team of researchers in physics, engineering, and aerospace engineering in China, conducted experiments and numerical simulations to show how the movement of vortices resembled inertial Brownian particles. During the experiments, the rotating turbulent convective vortical flow allowed the particles to move ballistically at first and diffusively after a critical time in a direct behavioral transition—without going through a hydrodynamic memory regime. The work implies that convective vortices have inertia-induced memory, so their short-term movement was well-defined in the framework of Brownian motion here for the first time.

Campus da Auga award for MSS member

11. Juni 2020, Prof. Thorsten Pöschel received the Campus da Auga award

Angel Santarossa is a stipendiat at MSS.

16.04.2020, Angel Santarossa from the National University of La Pampa in Santa Rosa, Argentina, received a scholarship to study the interior structure and dynamics of granular grippers.

SD3D Studentin engagiert sich bei coronavirusmakers.org

Sie druckt am MSS Visiere zum Infektionsschutz.

Makromolekülen auf der Spur, 27.02.2020

Was passiert, wenn man Gummiringe ungeordnet verpackt? Damit hat sich an der Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) jüngst ein internationales und interdisziplinäres Forschertrio beschäftigt. Link

Packung und Struktur, 24.02.2020

Wie erreicht man mit Kanonenkugeln die größte mögliche Packungsdichte? Und was passiert, wenn man Gummiringe ungeordnet verpackt? Aufgeklärte und ungeklärte Fragen dieser Art halten die Forschung in Atem.

Auf der Spur der Makromoleküle, 20.02.2020

Forscher untersuchen an der FAU die Dynamik semiflexibler Ringe

American Journal of Physics cover shows MSS image, 27.02.2020

Welcome to Angel Santarossa as a long-term visitor at MSS, 15. January 2020

Angel Santarossa from the National University of La Pampa in Santa Rosa, Argentina, will visit the institute for the next 3 months. He will apply X-ray tomography to particulate systems to reconstruct particle trajectories.

We welcome our new PhD student, Matias Macazaga at MSS, 15. Januar 2020

Matias Macazaga will work on the optimization of the design and performance of a robotic granular gripper using Simulations and Machine Learning.

MSS paper appears in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS)

Packing structure of semiflexible rings
Leopoldo R. Gómez, Nicolás A. García, and Thorsten Pöschel

We welcome our new researcher, Dr. Igor Goychuk at MSS, 07. Januar 2020

Dr. habil. Igor Goychuk will work on anomalous diffusion and transport processes in the presence of spatial and energy disorder, strong correlation and memory effects, and nonlinear friction.

MSS goes Space: Experiment with MSS participation on the ISS

Astronaut conducts Cornell experiment on the space station  – Cornell Cronicle, Dec. 16. 2019.
Orbiting 250 miles above the Earth on the International Space Station, astronaut and station commander Luca Parmitano conducted the experiment „Inertial Spreading and Imbibition of a Liquid Drop Through Porous Surface“ designed by Professor Michel Louge, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Cornell university, on Dec. 11.  MSS collaborated by developing an experimental technique to produce large fluid drops in microgravity and testing the apparatus in drop tower experiments.
A detailed descripton of  the experiment is provided on the project’s web site at Cornell.
For some details on the MSS contribution see Laura Steub, Jonathan Kollmer, Derek Paxson, Achim Sack, Thorsten Pöschel, John Bartlett, Douglas Berman, Yaateh Richardson, and Michel Y. Louge, Microgravity spreading of water spheres on hydrophobic capillary plates,  EPJ Web of Conferences 140, 16001 (2017).

Kollaps führt zu Clustern

MSS paper in „Nature Communications Physics“

„Inelastic collapse of perfectly inelastic particles“

MSS paper featured by “Pesquisa FAPESP”

MSS Buch „Lectures on Quantum Statistics“

FAU about MSS-paper „Magic number colloidal clusters as minimum free energy structures“

The FAU has published a press release about one of our most recent papers.

Wenn Forscher hochstapeln – Erlanger Physiker untersuchen die Packungseigenschaften verschiedener Körper.

MSS paper „Rotating robots move collectively and self-organize” was chosen for a web collection of primary research and review articles on active matter across a selection of Nature journals.

MSS paper featured by the Brazilian Physical Society

Our recent paper „Systematic Onset of Periodic Patterns in Random Disk Packings” by Nikola Topic, Thorsten Pöschel and Jason Gallas in Physical Reciew Letters 120, 148002 (2018) was featured on the website of the Brazilian Physical Society.

Pro-physik reports on MSS research

Automatisch periodisch: Zufällige Packungen gleich großer Scheiben zwischen parallelen Wänden bilden stets eine perio­dische Struktur.

Automatisch periodisch

Physiker der Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) haben nachgewiesen, dass zufällige Packungen gleich großer Scheiben zwischen parallelen Wänden immer eine periodische Struktur bilden – unabhängig von der Breite des Behälters.

FAU about MSS-paper „Increasing temperature of cooling granular gases“

Roboter mit Fraktionszwang – Rechts- und linksdrehende Roboter simulieren Entmischungsverhalten rotierender Partikel.

Physiker der Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) und der Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf (HHU) haben nachgewiesen, dass sich Systeme entgegengesetzt rotierender makroskopischer Teilchen entmischen und homogene Fraktionen aus entweder rechts- oder links­drehenden Partikeln bilden.

Viele Disziplinen auf einen Streich – Parabelflugkampagne mit Experimenten zu künstlicher Astronauten-Intelligenz, Plasmakristallen und mehr.

Am 9. März 2018 endete die 31. Parabelflug­kampagne des Deutschen Zentrums für Luft- und Raum­fahrt (DLR) erfolgreich: Zwölf Experimente aus Human­physiologie, Biologie, Physik, Technologie­erprobung und Material­wissenschaften befanden sich an Bord des A310 Zero-G.

Bayerischer Rundfunk features MSS research

Science News channel “IQ-Wissenschaft und Forschung” of Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR2) reports on our recent results on the velocity distribution of active granular particles.

Wenn Teilchen aneinander haften – Gesetz der Teilchendynamik granularer Gase präzisiert.

Die kinetische Energie von Teilchen in granularen Gasen, etwa Staub­wolken, kann temporär steigen, obwohl dem System stetig Energie ent­zogen wird. Das konnte jetzt ein inter­natio­nales Forscher­team erst­mals zeigen.

MSS-team performs parabolic flights.

A team of five MSS researchers works currently in Bordeaux to perform parabolic flights. Focus of the experiments are the dissipative properties of granular systems under conditions of microgravity. Further, they perform an educational experiment regaring gyroscopic stabilisation of objects in weightlessness.

Universida de Vigo about MSS-paper „Increasing temperature of cooling granular gases“

MSS-paper „Rotating robots move collectively and self-organize” published in Nature-Communications.

Prof. Nikolai Brilliantov visits MSS

Prof. Brilliantov (University Leicester, UK) is one of the most recognized scientists in the field of Kinetic Theory and Statistical Mechanics of granular matter. He will visit MSS for one month to collaborate on phase transitions of systems of active granular particles.

Weighing time – Assignment of German Young Physicists’ Tournament (GYPT) refers to recent MSS article ‚Weight of an hourglass – Theory and experiment in quantitative comparison’, American Journal of Physics, Vol 85, 98 (2017)

Die Struktur von granularen Packungen in Virtual Reality erkunden

Moderne Verfahren, wie Computertomographie und numerische Simulationen, führen dazu, dass immer mehr Forschungsergebnisse aus dreidimensionalen Datensätzen bestehen. Der Lehrstuhl MSS zeigt in Zusammenarbeit mit der theoretischen Physik und der Nürnberger Firma Cykyria wie sich solche Datenmengen mit Hilfe von virtueller Realität anschaulich darstellen lassen.

Standort: NatFak (Staudtstraße 5/7), Physikum, Foyer

American Journal of Physics cover shows MSS image

30. DLR-Parabelflugkampagne vom 11. bis 15. September 2017 in Bordeaux

Geschüttelt, nicht gesaugt

Wenn Körner in Röhren steigen

Günstig dank Maker-Technik: Optik Experiment für Schulen und Unis

Physicists discover mechanism behind granular capillary effect

Granular Capillary Effect

Physicists discover mechanism behind granular capillary effect

Physicists discover mechanism behind granular capillary effect

Physicists Discover Mechanism Behind Granular Capillary Effect

Wenn Körner in Röhren steigen

Physicists discover mechanism behind granular capillary effect

Granular Capillarity

Wenn Körner in Röhren steigen

Siebenbeinige Käfer simulieren Staubwolken

Synopsis: Capillary Effect in Grains Explained

MSS article selected as “Editor’s Suggestion” at Physical Review Letters and featured by a “Focus Story” in “Physics”

Flash Physics: Vibrots simulate granular gas, cosmic bridge is magnetic, Hydrogen bonds measured directly

Focus: Self-Spinning Grains Prove Granular Theory

Granulare Materie: Verblüffendes Experiment testet Sandsturm-Physik

MSS article selected as “Editor’s Suggestion” and featured by a “Focus Story” in “Physics”

Physical Review Letters cover shows MSS image

Structure of granular packings due to sequential deposition

PhD defense by Nikola Topic

Hydrodynamik Modeling of Granular Materials

PhD defense by Lídia Almazán Torres

Mesoscopic Particle-based Fluid Dynamics in Complex Geometries

PhD defense by Severin Strobl

Paper on DNA-programmable self-assembly published in the journal ‚Science‘

A research collaboration involving Prof. Michael Engel reported the self-assembly of gold nanoparticles of a particular shape with DNA ligands into clathrate colloidal crystals. The work required a combined effort of state-of-the-art synthesis techniques and DEM computer simulations.

100th MSS seminar

The 100th talk in the series of MSS seminars will be given today by Seyed Habibollah Ebrahimnazhad Rahbari, Korea Institute for Advanced Study (KIAS), Seoul.


We welcome our new post-doctoral researcher Mubashir Hussain

Dr. Mubashir Hussain will work on reaction models for the particle-based simulation of combustion processes including the formation of soot.

Habib Ebrahimnejad Rahbari is long-term visitor at MSS

Habib Ebrahimnejad Rahbari from the Korea Institute for Advanced Study in Seoul, South Korea, will visit the institute for the next 3 months. Habib is an expert in the fields of `wet granular matter’ and `fluctuations in granular systems’.

M. Schroeter is Co-Chair of the Gordon Conference

Matthias Schroeter is Co-Chair of the Gordon Conference on „Particulate Systems in Science and Technology” which takes place July 24-29, 2016 at Stonehill College near Boston. https://www.grc.org/programs.aspx?id=13053


Best Poster Price

At the WE-Heraeus Physics School on Research in Microgravity, took place in Bad Honnef in July 2016, Harol Torres Menéndez received the Best Poster Price.

New collegue: graduate student Ali Shakeri

Ali Shakeri works in the field of particle-based fluid mechanics.

Matthew Coleman (Notre Dame, USA) is RISE student at MSS

Matthew Coleman, student from the University of Notre Dame (Indiana, USA), will work at the Institute as a RISE student on „Assessing open-cell foam structures and monoliths for heterogeneous catalysis“.

We welcome our new staff member Dr. Kuang-Wu Lee

Dr. Lee will work as researcher at our Institute MSS.. He is an expert on numerical simulation for liquid crystals,

We welcome our new staff member Dr. Nadine Aburumman

Dr. Nadine Aburumman will work as researcher at our Institute MSS. She will develop and implement particle based algorithms for the simulation of reactive flows

We welcome our new staff member Dipl.-Inf. Andreas Schäfer

Andreas Schäfer will work as researcher at our Institute MSS. He is working in the field high performance computing and simulation techniques.

MSS alumnus Martin Tupy launches model career

MSS alumnus Martin Tupy launches model career, click here.

We welcome our new Ph.D. Student Harol Torres Menendez

Harol Torres Menendez will do his doctoral studies at our Institute MSS. He is working on properties of passive and active granular matter.

We welcome our guest researcher Dr. Satoshi Takada

15 February 2016 – Dr. Satoshi Takada from Kyoto University (Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics) is visiting the institute for 3 weeks. Dr. Satoshi is an expert in Kinetic Theory of cohesive granulate. http://www2.yukawa.kyoto-u.ac.jp/~satoshi.takada/

We welcome our new Assistant Professor Dr. Michael Engel

Prof. Dr. Michael Engel will work as Assistant Professor at MSS. His research focuses on understandingg the appearance and role of order in condensed matter. For this aim, Prof. Engel combines scientific knwoledge and engineering prinicples to investigate fundamental processes that drive self-assembly and dynamics on the molecular, nanoscale, and colloidal level.

We welcome our new staff member Dr. Prapanch Nair

Prapanch Nair will work as Postdoc at our Institute MSS. He is an expert in Multiphase Flows and Simulation Techniques.

We welcome our new staff member Dr. Daniel Nasato

Daniel Nasato will work as Postdoc at MSS. He is an expert in Granular Flows and Granular Packing.

Upcoming Spring School – Imaging Particles

4. – 8. April 2016 Erlangen, Germany

Please visit the spring school website for more information:

Certificate of Distinguished Referee

Prof. Thorsten Pöschel was honored a 2015 Distinguished Referee by EPJ.

Granulare Dämpfer

PhD defense by Michael Heckel

Harmonic, subharmonic & quasiperiodic processes in driven granular systems

PhD defense by Jonathan Kollmer

First results of the drop tower experiment: Imbibition of a water drop into a porous medium in zero-gravity

This week the final experiments at the drop tower facility in Bremen were performed. We have now the first results of the drop tower experiment: Imbibition of a water drop into a porous medium in zero-gravity.

For details please see Drop Your Thesis 2015.

Recording from „Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften“ is now online

The recording from the presentation of Prof. Pöschel at the „Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften“ is now available online as a web stream:
Unbeschwert forschen – Experimentelle Wege zur Schwerelosigkeit (M4V, HD ready (1280x720p))
You can also find the stream in lower qualities or to download here: Unbeschwert forschen – Experimentelle Wege zur Schwerelosigkeit

There are some more impressions of the „Lange Nacht“ in Media Coverage.

ESA project „Drop Your Thesis 2015“ is entering its critical phase

Today three of our colleagues, Jonathan, Laura, and Flo, started for the drop tower facility in Bremen. There they will put the last pieces of the experiment together and perform the last mechanical and security tests. The actual drop of the experiment is scheduled for beginning of next week. We wish them good luck and good data.

You can find more information about the ESA project here: Student Projects 2015

Over 1000 participants of the „Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften“ listened to the lecture of Prof. Pöschel

The institute participated at the Science fair “Die Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften Nürnberg-Fürth-Erlangen, Saturday, 24.10.2015″, 6pm to 1am. Prof. Pöschel spoke in front of over 1000 people in the fully occupied Audimax, the biggest lecture hall at the FAU, about realizing microgravity conditions on earth without going to outer space. The lecture was accompanied by several experiments performed by members of the chair.

„Nature“ – „The rise of fully turbulent flow“ by MSS member Baofang Song now online.

Baofang Song just published an article about the rise of turbulent flow in „Nature“ magazine.
Please find more details on our publication page: The rise of fully turbulent flow

Patric Müller wins competition for “EAM Starting Grant”

The Cluster of Excellence EAM granted Patric Müller the „EAM Starting Grant 2015“ for his proposal „Particle-based simulation of reactive flows PARSIVAL“.

We welcome our new secretary Ute Hespelein at MSS

Ute Hespelein will take over the secretariat at the institute.
We also want to thank Joanna Gargasz for her long support as secretary since the beginning of the institute and wish her all the best for her future.


Successful Conference – Particle Simulations

The Particle Simulations conference is now over and we want to thank all participants from around the world for taking part in this fruitful conference. A lot of beneficial ideas were exchanged and we hope that it will bring additional successful cooperations in the future.

For more information about the conference please visit the website:

Dr. Eric Parteli appointed as lecturer at the University of Cologne

Dr. Eric Parteli is appointed as Lecturer in Computational Geosciences at
the University of Cologne. We want to congratulate Eric, who starts on
1. Sept. at the Department of Geosciences. We wish our valued colleague all
the best.

MSS visitor Karen Daniels escaped from fire

Feuerwehr-Großeinsatz: Hotel in Erlanger Innenstadt in Flammen
In der Erlanger Innenstadt hat in der Nacht auf Mittwoch die Fassade eines Gästehauses an der Ecke Innere Brucker Straße/Westliche Stadtmauerstraße gebrannt. Die Feuerwehr war mehrere Stunden im Großeinsatz.

Hotel in Erlanger city in flames: In the Erlanger city has burned the facade of a guest house on the corner inside Bruckerstraße / Westliche Stadtmauerstraße at night on Wednesday. Firefighters were several hours in large-scale operation.

German University Großfeld Championship 2015 for women

Lidia Almazan (member of the group) and her soccer team made the second place at the German University Großfeld Championship 2015 for women. They lost against the team of the university Marburg in penalty shootout.

More information can be found here (in german).

Tara Shreve is a new RISE student at MSS

Tara will work on the granular swelling effect.

Eric Parteli becomes Editor of the journal Nature – Scientific Reports

Eric Parteli was appointed to the editorial board of Nature – Scientific Reports.
Launched 2011, Nature – Scientific Reports is a multidisciplinary journal of the Nature Publishing Group (NPG), which covers all areas of the natural sciences – physics, biology, chemistry, earth sciences and the clinical sciences.

Recent MSS visitor Ernesto Altshuler featured in Science

In Science Magazine Thorsten Pöschel comments on Ernesto Altshuler, a „guerrilla scientist“ from Cuba, and his great low cost experiments.

Cristian Soitu is a new RISE student at MSS

Cristian will work on isotropic DSMC.


Program of the MSS-Seminar now online

The new schedule for the MSS-Seminars is now online. The general time and location of the seminars stay the same:
3:30 pm; Seminar room 02.219, Nägelsbachstr. 49b, 91052 Erlangen

We welcome our newest staff member Matthias Schröter at MSS

Matthias Schröter will work as a Privatdozent at MSS. He is an expert on granular media and will intensify the experimental research at the institute.

Drop your thesis – microgravity students project granted

Two students of the institute, Laura and Fabian, were accepted for the ESA’s drop your thesis (DYT) program. They will have the opportunity to perform microgravity experiments at the ZARM Drop Tower Facility in Bremen, Germany.


Certificate for best lecture in summer term 2014

Prof. Pöschel received a certificate for the best lecture in the summer term 2014 for the course „Computeranwendungen in der Verfahrenstechnik 2“. The lectures are anonymously evaluated by the students.

Cover picture of the newest EPJ ST issue

(EPJ ST, 223 (13) (2014))
Link: EPJ ST
Corresponding article:
Self-organization of antiperiodic oscillations
Authors: Joana G. Freire, Cecilia Cabeza, Arturo C. Marti, Thorsten Pöschel, and Jason A.C. Gallas


Certificate of Distinguished Referee

Eric Parteli was honored a 2014 Distinguished Referee by EPJ.


EAM Poster Award 2014

Severin Strobl achieved the 1st Prize of the EAM Poster Award 2014 for the Scientific Poster Simulation of Gas Flows in Complex Geometries.


Certificate of Excellence

Eric Parteli received a Certificate of Excellence in Reviewing.


CBPT poster prize

The student group of Kerstin Avila won the second place (200 Euro) for poster presentation at the CBPT course.

German University Kleinfeld Championship 2014 for women

Lidia Almazan (member of the group) and her soccer team won the German University Kleinfeld Championship 2014 for women.

More information can be found here (in german).

Multiskaleneigenschaften granularer Systeme in Hartkugelnäherung

PhD defense by Patric Müller


EAM Poster Award 2013

J.E. Kollmer, A. Sack, M. Heckel, F. Zimber, P. Müller, M.N. Bannerman and T. Pöschel achieved 2nd Prize of the EAM Poster Award 2013 for the Scientific Poster Granular Dynamics in a Shaken Container under Microgravity Conditions.

Temperature of a Granular Gas with Regard to the Stochastic Nature of Particle Interactions

by Nina Gunkelmann, Dan Serero, and Thorsten Pöschel


Relaxation of a spring with an attached granular damper

by Jonathan E. Kollmer, Achim Sack, Michael Heckel, and Thorsten Pöschel