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Eberhard Bodenschatz

Adjunct Professor

Eberhard Bodenschatz

Educational Background

Vordiplom, Physics, 1982, University of Bayreuth. Diplom, 1985, Physics, University of Bayreuth. Dr. rer nat., 1989, Physics, University of Bayreuth. Research Associate, University of Bayreuth, 1987-1989. Postdoctoral Associate, University of California at Santa Barbara, 1989-92. Assistant Professor, Physics, Cornell, 1992-1998. Associate Professor, Physics, Cornell, 1998-2004. Professor, Physics, Cornell, 2003-2005. Director, Max Plank Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization 2005-present. Adjunct Professor, Physics, Cornell, 2005-present. Adjunct Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Cornell, 2005-present. Professor of Physics University of Göttingen, 2007-present.  Visiting appointments at: University of California at San Diego; Institute for Theoretical Physics, Santa Barbara. Awards: Doctor honorois causa, ENS Lyon, Stanley Corrsin Award (APS), HonarFellowships and service: Alfred P. Sloan Fellow, 1993-1995, Fellow of APS, Fellow of EUROMEC, Cottrell Scholar, 1995,  Editor in Chief New Journal of Physics (2005-2016), Past Director of the Materials Research Society, Member of the Advisory Board of arXiv, Past Member of the Steering Committee of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, UC Santa Barbara, Past Chair of the Chemistry Physics and Technology Section of the Max Planck Society (2014-2017), Vice Chair  Chemistry Physics and Technology Section of the Max Planck Society. Chair Professor Tsinghua University (2017 -).



Experimental investigation of nonlinear systems in physics, geophysics, biology, and medicine: turbulence, cloud micro physics, synthetic biology, physics to medicine, cell migration chemotaxis, cardiac arrhythmias; particle tracking, digital microscopy, high performance image processing, development of advanced measurement techniques, cell and tissue engineering, and computational analysis and modeling.


  • Physics

Graduate Fields

  • Physics


  • Cornell Center for Materials Research (CCMR)
  • Laboratory of Atomic and Solid State Physics (LASSP)


Nonlinear out-off-equilibrium systems impact all levels of our everyday lives from ecology, sociology and economics, to biology, medicine, chemistry and physics. Typically these systems show self-organization and complex, sometimes unpredictable spatio-temporal dynamics. Although different in detail, the temporal and spatial structure of these systems can often be described by unifying principles.

Searching for and understanding these principles is at the center of our group’s research. To achieve this goal, we are focusing on well-defined problems in the physics of fluid dynamics, of synthetic and cellular biology, and of medical relevance. Currently we are investigating experimentally and theoretically pattern formation and spatiotemporal chaos in thermal convection. We study particle transport in the fully developed turbulence of simple and complex fluids with its implication to fundamental theories, but also to practical issues like turbulent mixing and particle aggregation. We collaborate on the topic of turbulence with Greg Bewley and  Lance Collins from Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, G. Ahlers from UCSB, D. Lohse from Twente, Alain Pumir from ENS Lyon, Ray Shaw from the Michigan Tech., Holger Siebert from the Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research in Leipzig, and Joerg Schumacher from the Technical University Illmenau. Together with cardiologists  we investigate the dynamics of the mammalian heart at the cellular and organ scale.  We conduct experiments in biophysics and nano-biocomplexity using advanced micro-fluidic devices.

Postdocs associated with this group: Gholamhossein Bagheri , Dhawal Buaria, John Lawson, Chien-Chia Liu, Freija Nordsiek, Christian Westendorf

Senior Research Associates associated with this group: Azam Gholami, Isabella Guido, Jan Molacek,   Holger Nobach, Marco Tarantola, Laura Turco,  Alexei Krekov,  Yong Wang, Vladimir Zykov

Visiting Scientists: Guenter Ahlers (UCSB), Alain Pumir  (Lyon), Greg Bewley (Cornell)

Graduate Students
Christian Kuechler, Kaumudi Pabhakara, Prasanth Prabhakaran