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Dr. Oliver Steinbock

Dr. Oliver Steinbock

Cottrell Professor

Ph.D. (1993) Georg-August University Gottingen and the Max-Planck-Institute for Molecular Physiology (Germany)

Contact Information
3001 CSL 850.644.4824
3802 CSL 850.645.4638
Programs of Research
Research Website
Research Specialities
Chemistry of Materials, Computational Chemistry and Biochemistry, Spectroscopy and Dynamics, Supramolecular Chemistry
5 Graduate

Research Interest

Our research explores how molecular processes and transport cause pattern formation at the meso- and macroscale. This chemical self-organization is of critical importance in biology but widely unexplored in chemistry and materials science. Specific research thrusts include the study of hierarchically ordered materials, materials synthesis far from the thermodynamic equilibrium, pattern formation in excitable reaction-diffusion systems, and prebiotic chemistry. Please visit our Research Website for more information.


Z. Zhang and O. Steinbock, "Suppression of Turbulence by Heterogeneities in a Cardiac Model with Fiber Rotation", Chaos 27, 093921, 1-9, 2017.
Q. Wang, M. R. Bentley, and O. Steinbock, "Self-organization of Layered Inorganic Membranes in Microfluidic Devices", J. Phys. Chem. C 121, 14120-14127, 2017.
J. M. García-Ruiz, E. Nakouzi, E. Kotopoulou, L. Tamborrino, and O. Steinbock, "Biomimetic Mineral Self-organization From Silica-rich Spring Waters", Sci. Adv. 3, e1602285, 1-6, 2017.
E. Nakouzi and O. Steinbock, "Self-organization in Precipitation Reactions Far From the Equilibrium", Sci. Adv. 2, e1601144, 1-13, 2016.
Y. Ding, B. C. Batista, O. Steinbock, J. H. E. Cartwright, and S. S. S. Cardoso, "Wavy Membranes and the Growth Rate of a Planar Chemical Garden: Enhanced Diffusion and Bioenergetics", Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 113, 9182-9186, 2016.
E. Nakouzi, P. Knoll, K. B. Hendrix, and O. Steinbock, "Systematic Characterization of Polycrystalline Silica–carbonate Helices", Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 18, 23044-23052, 2016.
O. Steinbock, J. H. E. Cartwright, and L. M. Barge, "The Fertile Physics of Chemical Gardens", Physics Today 69, 44-51, 2016.
E. Nakouzi, J. F. Totz, Z. Zhang, O. Steinbock, and H. Engel, "Hysteresis and Drift of Spiral Waves Near Heterogeneities: From Chemical Experiments to Cardiac Simulations", Phys. Rev. E 93, 022203, 1-8, 2016.
E. Nakouzi, P. Knoll, and O. Steinbock, "Biomorph Growth in Single-phase Systems: Expanding the Structure Spectrum and pH Range", Chem. Commun. 52, 2107-2110, 2016.
B. C. Batista and O. Steinbock, "Growing Inorganic Membranes in Microfluidic Devices: Chemical Gardens Reduced to Linear Walls", J. Phys. Chem. C 119, 27045–27052, 2015.
L. M. Barge et al., “From Chemical Gardens to Chemobrionics”, Chem. Rev. 115, 8652-8703, 2015.
A. Gholami, O. Steinbock. V. Zykov, and E. Bodenschatz, "Flow-Driven Waves and Phase-Locked Self-Organization in Quasi-One-Dimensional Colonies of Dictyostelium discoideum", Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 018103, 2015.