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Karin John [english]

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Research Fellow at the CNRS
contact: karin.john(at)

Research interests

  • homogenization approaches for the thermodynamic consistent description of elastic materials with free growing interfaces
  • modelling of material properties of microtubules
  • modelling of passive and active thin liquid films
  • pattern formation in reaction-diffusion systems


Uwe Thiele (University of Münster, Germany)
Laurent Blanchoin, Manuel Théry (CEA Grenoble, France)
Chaouqi Misbah, Eric Bertin (LIPhy Grenoble, France)

Recent publications

[1]K. John, T. Stoeter, C. Misbah (2016) A variational approach to the growth dynamics of pre-stressed actin filament networks. J. Phys. Cond. Mat. to appear.
[2] L. Schädel, K. John, J. Gaillard, M. V. Nachury, L. Blanchoin and M. Théry (2015) Microtubules self-repair in response to mechanical stresses. Nat. Mater. 14, 1156.
[3] K. John, D. Caillerie and C. Misbah (2014) Spontaneous polarization in an interfacial growth model for actin filament networks with a rigorous mechanochemical coupling. Phys. Rev. E 90, 052706.
[4] K. John, S. Alonso and M. Bär (2014) Traveling waves and global oscillations triggered by attractive molecular interactions in an excitable system. Phys. Rev. E 90, 052913.
[5] K. John, D. Caillerie, P. Peyla, A. Raoult and C. Misbah (2013) Nonlinear elasticity of cross-linked networks. Phys. Rev. E 87, 042721.
[6] S. Alonso, K. John and M. Bär (2011). Complex wave patterns in an e-ffective reaction-di-ffusion model for chemical reactions in microemulsions. J. Chem. Phys. 134, 094117.
[7] K. John and U. Thiele (2010) Self-ratcheting Stokes drops driven by oblique vibrations. Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 107801.
[8] U. Thiele and K. John (2010) Transport of free surface liquid films and drops by external ratchets and self-ratcheting mechanisms. Chem. Phys. 375, 578-586.