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DFG Priority Programme "Microswimmers"

Priority Programme “Microswimmers – From Single Particle Motion to Collective Behaviour” (SPP 1726)

Research Activities

SPP Funded Projects


Artificial microswimmers formed by liquid crystal droplets

Christian Bahr, Corinna C. Maaß

Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Göttingen

Swimming of active colloids in artificial potentials

Larysa Baraban, Arthur Philip Nikolaus Erbe

TU Dresden; Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf


Active particles in viscoelastic fluids

Clemens Bechinger

University of Stuttgart



Chemical nanomotors

Michael Börsch, Peer Fischer

Uniklinikum Jena; Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Stuttgart


Propulsion and interaction of hot Brownian swimmers

Frank Cichos, Klaus Kroy

Leipzig University


Flagelated and ciliated microswimmers

Jens Elgeti, Gerhard Gompper

Forschungszentrum Jülich


Magneto-aerotaxis in magnetotactic bacteria

Damien Faivre, Stefan Klumpp

Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Potsdam-Golm


From solitary swimmers to swarms and back: trypanosomes on their journey through the tsetse fly

Markus Engstler 

University of Würzburg


Collective non-linear dynamics of cilia and flagella: from n=2 to n>>2 interacting cilia

Benjamin M. Friedrich

Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, Dresden


Magnetocapillary microrobots: hunting, harvesting and transporting objects at fluid interfaces

Jens Harting

Helmholtz Institut Erlangen-Nürnberg


Cooperative behavior of microswimmers: the effect of ionic and reactive screening on hydrodynamic interactions in complex fluids

Christian Holm

University of Stuttgart

Analysis of the regulation of the flagella beating pattern using optogenetics

Jan Fritz Jikeli, Dagmar Wachten

Universitätsklinikum Bonn


Biological microswimmers: from cellular signal processing to the 3D beating pattern and 3D swimming behaviour

U. Benjamin Kaupp

Forschungszentrum caesar, Bonn


Deformable microcapsules and droplets as swimmers

Jan Kierfeld

Technical University of Dortmund


Microscopic statistical theoretical description of the collective behaviour of microswimmers

Hartmut Löwen, Andreas Menzel

Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf

Selforganization of active flow in a nematic swimmer

Marco Mazza

Max Planck Institute for self-organization


Light driven microscopic hydrogel objects

Martin Möller

DWI Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials


Modular phoretic micro-swimmers: from individual drifters to multi-component self-propelling complexes and interacting swarms

Thomas Palberg

Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz


Cooperative properties of thermophoretic microswimmers

Marisol Ripoll

Forschungszentrum Jülich


Light induced diffusioosmose: from the manipulation via self-propulsion to collective behaviour of microcolloids at solid-liquid interfaces

Svetlana Santer, Olga Vinogradova

University of Potsdam, Moscow state university


Swimming behaviour of a sperm-flagella driven micro-bio-robot – from Fundamental Studies to Biomedical Applications

Oliver G. Schmidt

Leibniz-Institute for Solid-State and Materials Research Dresden e.V.


Dynamical aggregation of self-propelled colloidal particles

Thomas Speck, Peter Virnau

Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz


How hydrodynamics influences the collective motion of microswimmers: a particle based simulation study

Holger Stark

Technical University of Berlin


Modecoupling theory of active Brownian particles

Thomas Voigtmann

German Aerospace Center, DLR, Cologne


Swarms of bacteria: the role of flagella in emergent behaviour

Roland G. Winkler

Forschungszentrum Jülich



Associated Projects


Active particles near interfaces and in external fields

Siegfried Dietrich, Mihail Popescu, William E. Uspal

Max Planck Institute for intelligent systems, Stuttgart


Bacterial turbulence in the environment

Knut Drescher

Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology; Philipps-Universität Marburg


Investigation of the self-propulsion of Janus particles near a polymer functionalized surface

Regine von Klitzing

Technical University of Berlin


Deciphering how motile cilia regulate and coordinate their beating in order to produce a biologically-relevant flow

Nathalie Jurisch-Yaksi

Kavli Institute for Neuroscience

Additional Information


Scientific Coordinator


Professor Gerhard Gompper,
Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Institute of Complex Systems (ICS),
Phone: 02461 / 61-4012
Email: spp-microswimmers@fz-juelich.de

DFG Contact 

Dr. Cosima Schuster
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
Phone: +49 228 885-2769
Email: cosima.schuster@dfg.de