Thomas Scheel

Scientific Associate

Chair of Theoretical Physics I – PULS group
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
Nägelsbachstr. 49a
91052 Erlangen

Current Research

My research lies in the field of fluid mechanics covering the locomotion of microorganisms and artificial nanomachines in fluids at low Reynolds numbers. I especially focus on the hydrodynamic interactions between microswimmers aiming at a basic understanding of an emergent collective behavior of microswimmer swarms.

For analytical evaluation the microswimmer is modeled by three spheres which are connected by a harmonic potential and propelled by sinusoidal driving forces. Lattice-Boltzmann simulations are employed for numerical computations in close collaboration with Helmholtz Institute Erlangen-Nürnberg and by means of the high-performance computer cluster of University of Erlangen-Nürnberg.