From Oct 25 to Nov 29, 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 10 years.
Dirk Reith is currently the scientific director of the H-BRS-hosted research Institute for Technology, Resource and Energy-Efficient Engineering (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 exchange programs.
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 December 1, but visits of UC Davis faculty to Germany are already planned for 2018.