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Michael Engel | Faculty

Michael Engel

Adjunct Assistant Research Scientist

NCRC B10-G032



Short Bio


University of Stuttgart,
PhD Physics with distinction '08
MSc Physics '04
MSc Mathematics '04

University of Kaiserslautern
Correspondence Study of Physics '99


  • Research Investigator, Computational Nanoscience and Soft Matter Simulation, (2011-present)
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow (DFG), Department of Chemical Engineering, (2009-2011)


  • Visiting Fellow (JSPS), Condensed Matter and Statistical Physics, Kyushu University in Fukuoka, Japan, (2008)

Research Interests

Self-Assembly of Nanostructures; Molecular Simulation; Soft Condensed Matter; High-Performance Computing; Statistical Physics; Complex Systems; Crystallography; Aperiodic Order; Active Matter; Mathematical Modeling.

Honors & Awards

  • Poster prize, Mini Stat Mech Meeting, UC Berkeley, 2010
  • Outstanding student presentation, Quasicrystals-The Silver Jubilee, Tel Aviv University, 2007
  • Best poster prize, 9th International Conference on Quasicrystals, Ames, Iowa, 2005
  • Student poster prize, WE Heraeus Summer School, University of Chemnitz, 2004

Selected Publications

N.H.P. Nguyen, D. Klotsa, M. Engel, S.C. Glotzer, Emergent collective phenomena in a mixture of hard shapes through active rotation, submitted (2013)

G. van Anders, N.K. Ahmed, R. Smith, M. Engel, S.C. Glotzer, Entropically Patchy Particles, submitted, arXiv:1304.7545 (2013)

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, in press (2013)

A. Haji-Akbari, E.R. Chen, M. Engel, S.C. Glotzer, Packing and self-assembly of truncated triangular bipyramids, Phys. Rev. E 88, 012127 (2013)

X. Ye*, J. Chen*, M. Engel*, J.A. Milan*, 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) [Cover Article]

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, Phys. Rev. E 87, 042134 (2013)

A. Kiselev, M. Engel, H.-R. Trebin, Confirmation of the random tiling hypothesis for a decagonal quasicrystal, Phys. Rev. Lett. 109, 225502 (2012)

P. F. Damasceno*, M. Engel*, S.C. Glotzer, Predictive self-assembly of polyhedra into complex structures, Science 337, 453-457 (2012)

P. F. Damasceno*, M. Engel*, S.C. Glotzer, Crystalline assemblies and dense packings of a family of truncated tetrahedra via directional entropic forces, ACS Nano 6, 609-614 (2012)

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, Phys. Rev. B 84, 184203 (2011)

A. Haji-Akbari, M. Engel, S.C. Glotzer, Degenerate quasicrystal of hard triangular bipyramids, Phys. Rev. Lett. 107, 215702 (2011) [Cover Article]

A. Haji-Akbari, M. Engel, S.C. Glotzer, Phase diagram of hard tetrahedra, J. Chem. Phys. 135, 194101 (2011)

M. Engel, Entropic stabilization of tunable planar modulated superstructures, Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 095504 (2011)

M. Engel, M. Umezaki, H.-R. Trebin, T. Odagaki, Dynamics of particle flips in two-dimensional quasicrystals, Phys. Rev. B 82, 134206 (2010)

E. R. Chen, M. Engel, S.C. Glotzer, Dense crystalline dimer packings of regular tetrahedra, Disc. Comput. Geom. 44, 253-280 (2010)

H. Lipp, M. Engel, S. Sonntag, H.-R. Trebin, Phason dynamics in one-dimensional lattices, Phys. Rev. B 81, 064302 (2010)

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)