From Oct 25th to Nov 29th, Professor Dirk Reith from Bonn-Rhein-Sieg
University of Applied Sciences (H-BRS) in Sankt Augustin, Germany,
joined our department as a visiting scholar. He is a frequent visitor
and collaborator of Professor Faller for over ten years.
Dirk Reith is currently the scientific director of the H-BRS-hosted
research Institute for Technology, Resource and Energy-efficient
Enegineering (TREE) that strives for new innovations in sustainability.
It is therefore one goal of Reith’s stay to found research partnerships
in that field. An additional mutual benefit would also be the
possibility for common internship or thesis opportunities for students
or cooperation in advising or to establish international teaching
Originally, Faller and Reith share common interests in the field of Soft
Matter simulations, especially force field development, coarse graining
techniques and applications to industrially relevant areas like
lubricants, plastics, or new high-tech materials. In recent years, the
collaboration was also extended to include Professors Moule and
Palazoglu. Dirk Reith returns to Germany on Dec 1st, but visits of UC
Davis faculty to Germany are already planned for 2018.