Dr Haralampos Hatzikirou


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    Curriculum Vitae

    After getting my MSc of Physics (Optics) from Zanjan University, in Iran, I started my PhD in TU Darmstadt on April 2009. Under the supervision of Prof. Müller-Plathe in Theoretical Physical Chemistry Group, I was performing computer simulations on nanocomposites, using Coarse-Grained Molecular Dynamics method. Three years later I joined Prof. Meyer-Hermann's group in Systems Immunology (SIMM) department of HZI, where I started computer modeling of bacterial biofilm development.


    The formation of bacterial biofilm is responsible for severe diseases. Development and evolution of biofilm, as a system, depends mainly on the interaction of the cells, as agents, with each other and also with the environment. We develop agent-based models and investigate how the biofilm structure depends on the cooperation and / or competition of the bacteria, as interplay of their social and individual interests. We benefit from a close collaboration with experimentalists within HZI, where ultimately the computational and experimental results can be compared and / or inspired by each other.


    Ghanbari, A.; Rahimi, M.; Dehghany, J.; (2013)
    Influence of Surface Grafted Polymers on the Polymer Dynamics in a Silica-Polystyrene Nanocomposite: A Coarse-Grained Molecular Dynamics Investigation.
    The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, in press.

    Ghanbari, A.; Ndoro, T.V.M.; Leroy, F.; Rahimi, M.; Böhm, M.C.; Müller-Plathe, F.; (2012).
    Interphase Structure in Silica-Polystyrene Nanocomposites: A Coarse-Grained Molecular Dynamics Study.
    Macromolecules: 45(1), 572-584

    Rahimi, M.; Iriarte-Carretero, I.; Ghanbari, A.; Böhm, M.C.; Müller-Plathe, F.; (2012).
    Mechanical behavior and interphase structure in a silica-polystyrene nanocomposite under uniaxial deformation.
    Nanotechnology: 23(30), 305702

    Ndoro, T.V.M.; Voyiatzis, E.; Ghanbari, A.; Theodorou, D.N.; Böhm, M.C.; Müller-Plathe, F.; (2011).
    Interface of Grafted and Ungrafted Silica Nanoparticles with a Polystyrene Matrix: Atomistic Molecular Dynamics Simulations.
    Macromolecules: 44(7), 2316-2327

    Ghanbari, A.; Böhm, M.C.; Müller-Plathe, F.; (2011).
    A Simple Reverse Mapping Procedure for Coarse-Grained Polymer Models with Rigid Side Groups.
    Macromolecules: 44(13), 5520-5526