Physics of Soft & Biological Matter
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The MacKintosh Group

Our research interests concern the fundamental physics of soft matter, of which biological materials are principal examples.

Onderwijs / Teaching:

Mathematical Methods of Physics (VU 3rd year)
Statistical Mechanics of Soft Matter (VU/UvA masters)


Recent research highlights:


  • Matthew Dennison, postdoc
  • Albert Licup, PhD student
  • Abhinav (Abi) Sharma, postdoc

  • Mahsa Vahabi, postdoc

Selected recent publications:

Colleagues & Collaborations:

  1. M Dennison, M Sheinman, C Storm, FC MacKintosh,
    Fluctuation-stabilized marginal networks and anomalous entropic elasticity. Phys Rev Lett, 111: 095503 (2013).

  2. J Alvarado, M Sheinman, A Sharma, FC MacKintosh, GH Koenderink, Molecular motors robustly drive active gels to a critically connected state. Nature Physics, 9: 591 (2013).
    arXiv:1302.2798 (first version, contact me for revised version).
  3. M Sheinman, CP Broedersz and FC MacKintosh.
    Actively stressed marginal networks
    . Phys Rev Lett, 109: 238101 (2012).

  4. CP Broedersz, X Mao, TC Lubensky, FC MacKintosh.
    Criticality and isostaticity in fiber networks
    . Nature Physics, 7: 983 (2011).
    arXiv:1011.6535 (first version, contact me for revised version).

  5. CP Broedersz, M Depken, NY Yao, MR Pollak, DA Weitz, FC MacKintosh. Cross-link governed dynamics of biopolymer networks. Phys Rev Lett, 105: 238101 (2010).

  6. N Fakhri, FC MacKintosh, B Lounis, L Cognet, Matteo Pasquali. Brownian motion of stiff filaments in a crowded environment. Science, 330: 1804 (2010).

More ...

  • Christoph Schmidt, Goettingen
  • Dave Weitz, Harvard



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