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Jun.-Prof. Dr. Raphael Wittkowski
Jun.-Prof. Dr. Raphael Wittkowski
Emmy Noether Research Group Leader

Institut für Theoretische Physik
Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster

Center for Soft Nanoscience
Etage 2, Raum 120.024
Busso-Peus-Straße 10
D-48149 Münster

Telephone: +49 (0)251 83 34529
Email: raphael.wittkowski(at)

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Research (Details)

  • Soft matter physics and biophysics
  • Active and passive colloidal particles
  • Microscopic derivation of field theories
  • Dynamical density functional theory (DDFT)
  • Phase field crystal (PFC) models

Five selected publications (more)

  1. R. Wittkowski, A. Tiribocchi, J. Stenhammar, R. J. Allen, D. Marenduzzo and M. E. Cates,
    Scalar ϕ4 field theory for active-particle phase separation,
    Nature Communications 5, 4351 (2014). DOI: 10.1038/ncomms5351 (Link to NPG)
  2. B. ten Hagen, F. Kümmel, R. Wittkowski, D. Takagi, H. Löwen and C. Bechinger,
    Gravitaxis of asymmetric self-propelled colloidal particles,
    Nature Communications 5, 4829 (2014). DOI: 10.1038/ncomms5829 (Link to NPG)
  3. J. Stenhammar, R. Wittkowski, D. Marenduzzo and M. E. Cates,
    Light-induced self-assembly of active rectification devices,
    Science Advances 2, e1501850 (2016). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1501850 (Link to AAAS)
  4. J. Stenhammar, R. Wittkowski, D. Marenduzzo and M. E. Cates,
    Activity-induced phase separation and self-assembly in mixtures of active and passive particles,
    Physical Review Letters 114, 018301 (2015). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.114.018301 (Link to APS)
  5. A. Tiribocchi, R. Wittkowski, D. Marenduzzo and M. E. Cates,
    Active Model H: scalar active matter in a momentum-conserving fluid,
    Physical Review Letters 115, 188302 (2015). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.115.188302 (Link to APS)

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