Ulrich works on the theoretical physics of soft and biomatter. He is especially interested in self-assembly of organic molecules and in the role of compartments and scaffolds in assisting such self-assembly. These questions are studied in his group mainly with stochastic equations, in particular with computer simulations of the Brownian dynamics of isotropic or patchy particles.
Ref.: Max Hoffmann and Ulrich Sebastian Schwarz. Oscillations of Min-proteins in micropatterned environments: a three-dimensional particle-based stochastic simulation approach. Soft Matter, 10:2388-2396, 2014.
Heinrich C. R. Klein and Ulrich S. Schwarz. Studying protein assembly with reversible Brownian dynamics of patchy particles. The Journal of Chemical Physics 140: 184112, 2014. Heinrich CR Klein, Paul Guichard, Virginie Hamel, Pierre Gönczy, and Ulrich S Schwarz. Computational support for a scaffolding mechanism of centriole assembly. Scientific reports, 6:27075, 2016. Artemij Amiranashvili, Nikolas D Schnellbächer, and Ulrich S Schwarz. Stochastic switching between multistable oscillation patterns of the Min-system. New Journal of Physics, 18(9):093049, 2016.
Heinz Friedrich Schöler
The Schöler group is studying in cooperation with Frank Keppler the formation of small organic molecules (halogenated and non-halogenated) in fluid inclusions of rocks and minerals as archives of prebiotic chemistry. Mechanistic aspects of molecule formation are investigated in cooperation with Michael Burchard applying hydrothermal environments on inorganic carbon species like carbonate and graphite.
Ref.: U. Schreiber, C. Mayer, O.J Schmitz, P. Rosendahl, A. Bronja, M. Greule, F. Keppler, I. Mulder, Tobias Sattler, H.F. Schöler. Organic compounds in fluid inclusions of Archean quartz - Analogues of prebiotic chemistry on early Earth. PLoS ONE 12(6):e0177570 · June 2017.