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Dr Oliver Henrich

Strathclyde Chancellor'S Fellow



Has expertise in:

    Structure, rheology and microfluidics of liquid crystals
    New soft and functional composite materials
    Coarse-grained simulation of DNA and RNA
    Mesoscopic simulation methods for fluid dynamics and complex fluids
    Algorithm development and research software engineering
    High-performance computing

Prizes and awards

Chancellor's Fellowship
EPSRC Early Career Fellowship

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Coarse-grained simulation of DNA using LAMMPS : an implementation of the oxDNA model and its applications
Henrich Oliver, Gutiérrez Fosado Yair Augusto, Curk Tine, Ouldridge Thomas E.
European Physical Journal E Vol 41, (2018)
Mesoscopic modelling and simulation of soft matter
Schiller Ulf D., Krüger Timm, Henrich Oliver
Soft Matter Vol 14, pp. 9-26, (2018)
Flow of deformable droplets : discontinuous shear thinning and velocity oscillations
Foglino M., Morozov A. N., Henrich O., Marenduzzo D.
Physical Review Letters Vol 119, (2017)
The secret of the blue fog
Henrich Oliver, Marenduzzo Davide
Physics World Vol 30, (2017)
A single nucleotide resolution model for large-scale simulations of double stranded DNA
Fosado Y. A. G., Michieletto D., Allan J., Brackley C. A., Henrich O., Marenduzzo D.
Soft Matter Vol 12, pp. 9458-9470, (2016)
Microfluidic flow of cholesteric liquid crystals
Wiese Oliver, Marenduzzo Davide, Henrich Oliver
Soft Matter Vol 12, pp. 9223-9237, (2016)

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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).

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EPSRC Research Software Engineer Fellowship
Henrich, Oliver (Fellow)
Period 01-Jul-2017 - 31-Jul-2021
Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP 2016-2017 University of Strathclyde) | Denholm, James
Hourahine, Benjamin (Principal Investigator) Henrich, Oliver (Co-investigator) Denholm, James (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2016 - 01-Apr-2020

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