Profile of Michael Engel

Feb. 2016 I moved to the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University Erlangen-Nuremberg as an Assistant Professor. Please visit my new homepage.

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  1. J.A. Anderson, J. Antonaglia, J.A. Millan, M. Engel, S.C. Glotzer
    Fluid-to-solid transition of hard regular polygons
  2. L.S. Froufe-Perez, M. Engel, P.F. Damasceno, N. Muller, J. Haberko, S.C. Glotzer, F. Scheffold
    The role of short-range order and hyperuniformity in the formation of band gaps in disordered photonic materials
  3. 2015

  4. P.F. Damasceno, A.S. Karas, B.A. Schultz, M. Engel, S.C. Glotzer
    Controlling chirality of entropic crystals
    Physical Review Letters 115, 158303 (2015) [arXiv:1507.03712]
  5. L.C. Hsiao, B.A. Schultz, J. Glaser, M. Engel, M.E. Szakasits, S.C. Glotzer, M.J. Solomon
    Metastable orientational order of colloidal discoids
    Nature Communications 6, 8507 (2015)
  6. M. Spellings, M. Engel, D. Klotsa, S. Sabrina, A.M. Drews, N.H.P. Nguyen, K.J.M. Bishop, S.C. Glotzer
    Shape control and compartmentalization in active colloidal cells
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112, E4642-E4650 (2015)
    Highlighted in: [Nature Physics Research Highlights]
  7. B.A. Schultz, P.F. Damasceno, M. Engel, S.C. Glotzer
    Symmetry considerations for the targeted assembly of entropically stabilized colloidal crystals via Voronoi particles
    ACS Nano 9, 2336-2344 (2015)
  8. M. Engel, P.F. Damasceno, C.L. Phillips, S.C. Glotzer
    Computational self-assembly of a one-component icosahedral quasicrystal
    Nature Materials 14, 109-116 (2015)
    Highlighted in: [Nature Materials News and Views] [Vice Motherboard]
  9. 2014

  10. G. van Anders, N.K. Ahmed, D. Klotsa, M. Engel, S.C. Glotzer
    Understanding shape entropy through local dense packing
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111, E4812-E4821 (2014) [arXiv:1309.1187]
    Highlighted in: [Nature Materials News and Views]
  11. K. Barkan, M. Engel, R. Lifshitz
    Controlled self-assembly of periodic and aperiodic cluster crystals
    Physical Review Letters 113, 098304 (2014) [arXiv:1401.4475]
    Highlighted in: []
  12. M. Engel, S.C. Glotzer
    News&Views: A triangular affair
    Nature Physics 10, 185-186 (2014)
  13. E.R. Chen, D. Klotsa, M. Engel, P.F. Damasceno, S.C. Glotzer
    Complexity in surfaces of densest packings for families of polyhedra
    Physical Review X 4, 011024 (2014) [arXiv:1309.2662]
    Highlighted in: [Physics Synopsis] [IOP Physics World] [New Scientist]
  14. N.H.P. Nguyen, D. Klotsa, M. Engel, S.C. Glotzer
    Emergent collective phenomena in a mixture of hard shapes through active rotation
    Physical Review Letters 112, 075701 (2014) [arXiv:1308.2219]
  15. G. van Anders, N.K. Ahmed, R. Smith, M. Engel, S.C. Glotzer
    Entropically patchy particles: engineering valence through shape entropy
    ACS Nano 8, 931-940 (2014) [arXiv:1304.7545]
  16. 2013

  17. K.L. Young, M.L. Personick, M. Engel, P.F. Damasceno, S.N. Barnaby, R. Bleher, T. Li, S.C. Glotzer, B. Lee, C.A. Mirkin
    Directional entropic force approach to anisotropic nanoparticle assembly
    Angewandte Chemie 52, 13980-13984 (2013)
  18. X. Ye, J.A. Millan, M. Engel, J. Chen, B.T. Diroll, S.C. Glotzer, C.B. Murray
    Shape alloys of nanorods and nanospheres from Self-Assembly
    Nano Letters 13, 4980-4988 (2013)
  19. J.A. Anderson, E. Jankowski, T.L. Grubb, M. Engel, S.C. Glotzer
    Massively parallel Monte Carlo for many-particle simulations on GPUs
    Journal of Computational Physics 254, 27-38 (2013) [arXiv:1211.1646]
  20. A. Haji-Akbari, E.R. Chen, M. Engel, S.C. Glotzer
    Packing and self-assembly of truncated triangular bipyramids
    Physical Review E 88, 012127 (2013) [arXiv:1304.3147]
  21. X. Ye, J. Chen, M. Engel, J.A. Millan, W. Li, L. Qi, G. Xing, J.E. Collins, C.R. Kagan, J. Li, S.C. Glotzer, C.B. Murray
    Competition of shape and interaction patchiness for self-assembling nanoplates
    Nature Chemistry 5, 466-473 (2013)
    Highlighted in: [Cover Article] [MRS Bulletin]
  22. M. Engel, J.A. Anderson, S.C. Glotzer, M. Isobe, E.P. Bernard, W. Krauth
    Hard-disk equation of state: First-order liquid-hexatic transition in two dimensions with three simulation methods
    Physical Review E 87, 042134 (2013) [arXiv:1211.1645]
    Highlighted in: [CNRS Actualité]
  23. 2012

  24. A. Kiselev, M. Engel, H.-R. Trebin
    Confirmation of the random tiling hypothesis for a decagonal quasicrystal
    Physical Review Letters 109, 225502 (2012) [arXiv:1210.4227]
  25. P.F. Damasceno, M. Engel, S.C. Glotzer
    Predictive self-assembly of polyhedra into complex structures
    Science 337, 453-457 (2012) [arXiv:1202.2177] (arXiv is old version with different title)
    Highlighted in: [Science Perspective] [Scientific American] and others
  26. P.F. Damasceno, M. Engel, S.C. Glotzer
    Crystalline assemblies and densest packings of a family of truncated tetrahedra and the role of directional entropic forces
    ACS Nano 6, 609-614 (2012) [arXiv:1109.1323]
    Highlighted in: [in Nano]
  27. M. Engel
    Aus Schaum gebaut
    Physik Journal 6/2012, 24-25 (2012) [PDF]
  28. 2011

  29. B. Frigan, A. Santana, M. Engel, D. Schopf, H.-R. Trebin, M. Mihalkovic
    Low-temperature structure of ξ'-Al-Pd-Mn optimized by ab initio methods
    Physical Review B 84, 184203 (2011) [arXiv:1109.1687]
  30. A. Haji-Akbari, M. Engel, S.C. Glotzer
    Degenerate quasicrystal of hard triangular bipyramids
    Physical Review Letters 107, 215702 (2011) [arXiv:1106.5561]
    Highlighted in: [Cover Article] [IOP Physics World]
  31. A. Haji-Akbari, M. Engel, S.C. Glotzer
    Phase diagram of hard tetrahedra
    Journal of Chemical Physics 135, 194101 (2011) [arXiv:1106.4765]
  32. M. Engel
    Entropic stabilization of tunable planar modulated superstructures
    Physical Review Letters 106, 095504 (2011) [arXiv:1101.5659]
  33. S.C. Glotzer, M. Engel
    News&Views: Complex order in soft matter
    Nature 471, 309-310 (2011) [PDF]
  34. M. Engel, J. Roth, H.-R. Trebin
    Eine unmögliche Entdeckung – Nobelpreis für Quasikristalle
    Physik Journal 12/2011, 31-34 (2011) [PDF]
    Highlighted in: [Cover Article]
  35. 2010

  36. M. Engel, M. Umezaki, H.-R. Trebin, T. Odagaki
    Dynamics of particle flips in two dimensional quasicrystals
    Physical Review B 82, 134206 (2010) [arXiv:1006.1836]
  37. E.R. Chen, M. Engel, S.C. Glotzer
    Dense crystalline dimer packings of regular tetrahedra
    Discrete and Computational Geometry 44, 253-280 (2010) [arXiv:1001.0586]
    Highlighted in: [New York Times] [SIAM News] [MDMV] [Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung] and others
  38. H. Lipp, M. Engel, S. Sonntag, H.-R. Trebin
    Phason dynamics in one-dimensional lattices
    Physical Review B 81, 064302 (2010) [arXiv:1002.1918]
  39. M. Engel
    Volle Packung
    Physik Journal 9/2010, 18-19 (2010) [PDF]
  40. 2009

  41. A. Haji-Akbari, M. Engel, A.S. Keys, X. Zheng, R.G. Petschek, P. Palffy-Muhoray, S.C. Glotzer
    Disordered, quasicrystalline and crystalline phases of densely packed tetrahedra
    Nature 462, 773-777 (2009) [arxiv:1012.5138]
    Highlighted in: [BBC Science Image]
  42. H.-R. Trebin, P. Brommer, M. Engel, F. Gähler, S. Hocker, F. Rösch, J. Roth
    Simulating structure and physical properties of complex metallic alloys
    in: E. Belin-Ferré (ed.)
    Properties and applications of complex intermetallics, World Scientific, 291-330 (2009) [PDF]
  43. 2008

  44. M. Engel, H.-R. Trebin
    Structural complexity in monodisperse systems of isotropic particles
    Zeitschrift für Kristallographie 223, 721-725 (2008) [arXiv:0807.0875]
  45. M. Engel, H.-R. Trebin
    Stability of the decagonal quasicrystal in the Lennard-Jones-Gauss system
    Philosophical Magazine 88, 1959-1965 (2008) [arXiv:0709.4399]
  46. M. Heggen, M. Engel, S. Balanetskyy, M. Feuerbacher, H.-R. Trebin
    Structural variations in ε-type Al-Mn-(Pd, Fe) complex metallic alloy phases
    Philosophical Magazine 88, 507-521 (2008) [PDF]
  47. M. Engel
    Dynamics and defects of complex crystals and quasicrystals: perspectives from simple model systems
    Doctoral Thesis, Universität Stuttgart (2008)
  48. 2007

  49. M. Engel, H.-R. Trebin
    Self-assembly of monatomic complex crystals and quasicrystals with a double-well interaction potential
    Physical Review Letters 98, 225505 (2007) [arXiv:0705.0213]
  50. M. Engel, S. Sonntag, H. Lipp, H.-R. Trebin
    Structure factors of harmonic and anharmonic Fibonacci chains by molecular dynamics simulations
    Physical Review B 75, 144203 (2007) [arXiv:0704.1453]
  51. 2006

  52. M. Engel, H.-R. Trebin
    Tiling models for metadislocations in AlPdMn approximants
    Philosophical Magazine 86, 979-984 (2006) [arXiv:0704.1440]
  53. 2005

  54. M. Engel, H.-R. Trebin
    A unified projection formalism for the Al-Pd-Mn quasicrystal Ξ-approximants and their metadislocations
    Philosophical Magazine 85, 2227-2247 (2005) [arXiv:0704.1428]