Dr. Oliver Steinbock, Cottrell Family Professor

Professional Preparation/Appointments

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

Contact Information

Email steinbck@chem.fsu.edu
Office 3001 CSL 850.644.4824
Lab 3802 CSL 850.645.4638

Programs of Research

Physical, Materials

research specialties

Computational Chemistry, Nanoscience, Solid State Chemistry

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.

Chemical Gardens Explained


Click to View
Wang, Q.; Steinbock, O. Materials Synthesis and Catalysis in Microfluidic Devices: Prebiotic Chemistry in Mineral Membranes. ChemCatChem 2020, 12, 63-74.
Knoll, P.; Gonzalez, A. V.; McQueen, Z. C.; Steinbock, O. Flow‐induced Precipitation in Thin Capillaries Creates Helices, Lamellae, and Tubes. Chem. Eur. J. 2019, 25, 13885-13889.
Knoll, P.; Steinbock, O. Nanodot-to-Rod Transition and Particle Attachment in Self-Organized Polycrystalline Aggregates. Cryst. Growth Des. 2019, 19, 4218-4223.
Malchow, A.-K.; Azhand, A.; Knoll, P.; Engel, H.; Steinbock, O. From Nonlinear Reaction-diffusion Processes to Permanent Microscale Structures. Chaos 2019, 29, 053129, 1-5.
Wang, Q.; Barge, L. M.; Steinbock, O. Microfluidic Production of Pyrophosphate Catalyzed by Mineral Membranes with Steep pH Gradients. Chem. Eur. J. 2019, 25, 4732-4739.