Oliver Henrich


  • United Kingdom

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Research Interests

Soft condensed matter is an interdisciplinary field at the interface of physics, chemistry and biology. It covers a variety of physical, mostly liquid or gel-like states and systems, which are easily deformable by thermal stresses and fluctuations. Complex fluids such as liquid crystals, colloidal suspensions, glasses, amphiphilic mixtures, polymeric liquids, foams, gels, granular matter and a number of biologically relevant substances fall into this category.

Soft matter is ubiquitous and shares the common feature that the generic physical behaviour occurs at energy scales comparable to thermal energies at room temperature. It also shows a distinct propensity to self-assemble into more complex, mesoscopic structures which determine its mechanical, optical and rheological properties.

A particular focus of my research is on liquid crystals and nano-composite materials. I have also an interest in coarse-grained simulation of DNA and RNA. We try to understand the structural and dynamical behaviour of these systems. This requires modelling of mesoscopic time and length scales between those of the microscopic world of atoms and the macroscopic world we live in. Mesoscopic length scales range roughly from several nanometres (10-9 m) to micrometres (10-6 m).

Personal webpage: https://www.oliverhenrich.com

Expertise & Capabilities

Soft condensed matter physics

Coarse-grained simulation of DNA and RNA

Structure, rheology and microfluidics of liquid crystals

New soft and functional composite materials

Mesoscopic simulation methods for fluid dynamics and complex fluids

High-performance computing

Algorithm development and research software engineering

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Projects 2016 2024

Research Output 2004 2019

2 Citations (Scopus)
108 Downloads (Pure)

Effective mean free path and viscosity of confined gases

Xie, J., Borg, M. K., Gibelli, L., Henrich, O., Lockerby, D. A. & Reese, J. M., 16 Jul 2019, In : Physics of Fluids. 31, 7, 10 p., 072002.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
mean free path
shear stress

Variation of molecular mean free path in confined geometries

Xie, J., Gibelli, L., Borg, M. K., Henrich, O., Lockerby, D. A. & Reese, J. M., 5 Aug 2019, In : AIP Conference Proceedings. 2132, 7 p., 090009.

Research output: Contribution to journalConference article

Open Access
mean free path
kinetic theory


Chancellor's Fellowship

Oliver Henrich (Recipient), 2017

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

EPSRC Early Career Fellowship

Oliver Henrich (Recipient), 2016

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

computer programs

Activities 2018 2019

  • 4 Invited talk
  • 1 Visiting an external academic institution

Coarse-Grained Modelling of DNA Hydrogels

Oliver Henrich (Speaker)
19 Mar 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich

Oliver Henrich (Visiting researcher)
Dec 2018

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution