Dr Oliver Henrich

Strathclyde Chancellor's Fellow



Has expertise in:

    Soft condensed matter physics

    Coarse-grained simulation of DNA and RNA

    Structure, rheology and microfluidics of liquid crystals

    New soft and functional composite materials

    Mesoscopic simulation methods for fluid dynamics and complex fluids

    High-performance computing

    Algorithm development and research software engineering

Prizes and awards

Chancellor's Fellowship
EPSRC Research Software Engineer Fellowship
EPSRC Early Career Fellowship

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A coarse-grained representation of DNA immersed in an external protein force-field
Bores Cecilia, Henrich Oliver, Chen Chuanying, Pettitt B Montgomery
Biophysical Journal Vol 121, pp. 209a-209a (2022)
LAMMPS Stable Release Summer 2021
Henrich Oliver
A primer on the oxDNA model of DNA : when to use it, how to simulate it and how to interpret the results
Sengar A, Ouldridge T E, Henrich O, Rovigatti L, Šulc P
Frontiers in Molecular Biosciences Vol 8 (2021)
Shear-enhanced elasticity in the cubic blue phase I
Henrich Oliver, Fujii Shuji
Physical Review E Vol 103 (2021)
LAMMPS implementation of the oxDNA and oxRNA coarse-grained models of DNA and RNA
Henrich Oliver
Variation of molecular mean free path in confined geometries
Xie Jianfei, Gibelli Livio, Borg Matthew K, Henrich Oliver, Lockerby Duncan A, Reese Jason M
AIP Conference Proceedings Vol 2132 (2019)

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Research interests

Soft condensed matter is an interdisciplinary field at the interface of physics, chemistry and biology. It covers a variety of physical, mostly liquid or gel-like states and systems, which are easily deformable by thermal stresses and fluctuations. Complex fluids such as liquid crystals, colloidal suspensions, glasses, amphiphilic mixtures, polymeric liquids, foams, gels, granular matter and a number of biologically relevant substances fall into this category.

Soft matter is ubiquitous and shares the common feature that the generic physical behaviour occurs at energy scales comparable to thermal energies at room temperature. It also shows a distinct propensity to self-assemble into more complex, mesoscopic structures which determine its mechanical, optical and rheological properties.

A particular focus of my research is on liquid crystals and nano-composite materials. I have also an interest in coarse-grained simulation of DNA and RNA. We try to understand the structural and dynamical behaviour of these systems. This requires modelling of mesoscopic time and length scales between those of the microscopic world of atoms and the macroscopic world we live in. Mesoscopic length scales range roughly from several nanometres (10-9 m) to micrometres (10-6 m).

Personal webpage: https://www.oliverhenrich.com

Professional activities

Microfluidic Flow of Colloid-Liquid Crystal Composite Materials
Coarse-Grained Simulation of DNA Hydrogel Structures
Coarse-Grained Modelling of DNA with Applications to DNA Hydrogels
Mesoscopic simulation of soft condensed matter
EPSRC Peer Review College (External organisation)
Microfluidic flow of colloid-liquid crystal composite materials

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Carnegie Vacation Scholarship
Henrich, Oliver (Principal Investigator)
Carnegie Vacation Scholarship for Mr Lewis Russell
18-Jan-2021 - 01-Jan-2021
EPSRC Core Equipment
Henrich, Oliver (Co-investigator) Mulheran, Paul (Principal Investigator) Martin, Richard (Co-investigator)
Extension of ARCHIE-WeSt £60,000
Strathclyde Chancellor's Fellow CDT: Transformative Technologies for Nanomedicine Characterization Centre for Doctoral Training
Rattray, Zahra (Principal Investigator) Edkins, Robert (Principal Investigator) Van de Linde, Sebastian (Principal Investigator) Sandison, Mairi (Principal Investigator) Henrich, Oliver (Principal Investigator)
31-Jan-2019 - 30-Jan-2024
Doctoral Training Partnership 2018-19 University of Strathclyde | Lesniewska, Magdalena
Henrich, Oliver (Principal Investigator) Mottram, Nigel (Co-investigator) Lesniewska, Magdalena (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 01-Jan-2022
EPSRC Research Software Engineer Fellowship
Henrich, Oliver (Fellow)
01-Jan-2017 - 31-Jan-2021
Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP 2016-2017 University of Strathclyde) | Denholm, James
Hourahine, Ben (Principal Investigator) Henrich, Oliver (Co-investigator) Denholm, James (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2016 - 28-Jan-2020

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