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1. Articles in scientific journals
 Flexoelectric fluid membrane vesicles in spherical confinement
Niloufar Abtahi, Lila Bouzar, Nadia SaidiAmroun, Martin Michael Müller 
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 Isometric bending requires local constraints on free edges
Jemal Guven, Martin Michael Müller, Pablo VázquezMontejo 
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Math. Mech. Solids, 24: 4051, 2019. See also arXiv:1904.05855.
 Helical Superstructure of Intermediate Filaments
Lila Bouzar, Martin Michael Müller, René Messina, Bernd Nöding, Sarah Köster, Hervé Mohrbach, Igor M. Kulić 
Intermediate filaments are the least explored among the large cytoskeletal elements.
We show here that they display conformational anomalies in narrow microfluidic channels.
Their unusual behavior can be understood as the consequence of a previously undetected, large scale
helically curved superstructure. Confinement in a channel orders the otherwise soft, strongly
fluctuating helical filaments and enhances their structural correlations, giving rise to experimentally
detectable, strongly oscillating tangent correlation functions. We propose an explanation for the detected
intrinsic curving phenomenon  an elastic shape instability that we call autocoiling. The mechanism
involves selfinduced filament buckling via a surface stress located at the outside of the
crosssection. The results agree with ultrastructural findings and rationalize for the commonly observed
looped intermediate filament shapes. Beyond curvature, explaining the molecular origin of the detected helical
torsion remains an interesting challenge.
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Phys. Rev. Lett., 122: 098101, 2019. See also arXiv:1803.04691.
 Vesicle dynamics in confined steady and harmonically modulated Poiseuille flows
Zakaria Boujja, Chaouqi Misbah, Hamid EzZahraouy, Abdelilah Benyoussef, Thomas John, Christian Wagner, Martin Michael Müller 
We present a numerical study of the timedependent motion of a membrane vesicle in a
channel under an imposed flow. In a Poiseuille flow the shape of the vesicle depends on the flow strength,
the mechanical properties of the membrane, and the width of the channel. In a wide parameter region, the
emerging snaking shape shows an oscillatory motion like a swimmer flagella even though the flow is
stationary. We quantify this behavior by the amplitude and frequency of the oscillations of the vesicle's
center of mass. The influence of an amplitude modulation of the imposed flow on the dynamics and shape of
the snaking vesicle is also investigated. We find that this modulationwhen sufficiently smallinduces
a modulation in amplitude and frequency of the center of mass of the snaking vesicle. For large
modulation amplitudes transitions to static shapes are observed.
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Phys. Rev. E, 98: 043111, 2018. See also arXiv:1810.04500.
 Confining a fluid membrane vesicle of toroidal topology in an adhesive hard sphere
Lila Bouzar, Ferhat Menas, Martin Michael Müller 
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IOP Conf. Series: MSE, 186: 012021, 2017.
 Squeezed helical elastica
Lila Bouzar, Martin Michael Müller, Pierre Gosselin, Igor M. Kulić, Hervé Mohrbach 
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Eur. Phys. J. E, 39: 114, 2016. See also arXiv:1606.03611.
 How biofilaments twist membranes
Julien Fierling, Albert Johner, Igor M. Kulić, Hervé Mohrbach, Martin Michael Müller 
We study the deformations of a fluid membrane imposed by adhering stiff
biofilaments due to the torques they apply. In the limit of small deformations, we
derive a general expression for the energy and the deformation field of the membrane.
This expression is specialised to different important cases including closed and helical
biofilaments. In particular, we analyse interfacemediated interactions and membrane
wrapping when the filaments apply a local torque distribution on a tubular membrane.
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Soft Matter, 12: 5747, 2016.
 Toroidal membrane vesicles in spherical confinement
Lila Bouzar, Ferhat Menas, Martin Michael Müller 
We investigate the morphology of a toroidal fluid membrane vesicle confined inside a spherical container.
The equilibrium shapes are assembled in a geometrical phase diagram as a function of scaled area and
reduced volume of the membrane. For small area the vesicle can adopt its free form. When increasing
the area, the membrane cannot avoid contact and touches the confining sphere along a circular contact line,
which extends to a zone of contact for higher area. The elastic energies of the equilibrium shapes are
compared to those of their confined counterparts of spherical topology to predict under which conditions a
topology change is favored energetically.
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Phys. Rev. E, 92: 032721, 2015. See also arXiv:1509.00765.
 Nonlinear buckling and symmetry breaking of a soft elastic sheet sliding on a cylindrical substrate
Norbert Stoop, Martin Michael Müller 
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Int. J. NonLinear Mech., 75: 115, 2015. See also arXiv:1503.05030.
 Crunching Biofilament Rings
Julien Fierling, Martin Michael Müller, Hervé Mohrbach, Albert Johner, Igor M. Kulić 
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Europhys. Lett., 107(6): 68002, 2014. See also arXiv:1408.6787.
 Confotronic dynamics of tubular filaments
Osman Kahraman, Hervé Mohrbach, Martin Michael Müller, Igor M. Kulić 
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Soft Matter, 10(16): pp. 28362847, 2014. See also arXiv:1312.3106.
 Whirling skirts and rotating cones
Jemal Guven, J. A. Hanna, Martin Michael Müller 
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New J. Phys., 15: 113055, 2013. See also arXiv:1306.2619.
 Myotubularin and PtdIns3P remodel the sarcoplasmic reticulum in muscle in vivo
Leonela Amoasii, Karim Hnia, Gaëtan Chicanne, Andreas Brech, Belinda Simone Cowling, Martin Michael Müller, Yannick Schwab, Pascale Koebel, Arnaud Ferry, Bernard Payrastre, Jocelyn Laporte 
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J. Cell Sci., 126(8): 1806, 2013.
 Dipoles in thin sheets
Jemal Guven, J. A. Hanna, Osman Kahraman, Martin Michael Müller 
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Eur. Phys. J. E, 36: 106, 2013. See also arXiv:1212.3262.
 Fluid membrane vesicles in confinement
Osman Kahraman, Norbert Stoop, Martin Michael Müller 
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New J. Phys., 14: 095021, 2012.
 Petal shapes of sympetaleous flowers: the interplay between growth, geometry and elasticity
Martine Ben Amar, Martin Michael Müller, Miguel Trejo 
The growth of a thin elastic sheet imposes constraints on its geometry such as its Gaussian curvature K_{G}.
In this paper, we construct the shapes of sympetalous bellshaped flowers with a constant Gaussian curvature. Minimizing the bending energies
of both the petal and the veins, we are able to predict quantitatively the global shape of these flowers. We discuss two toy problems
where the Gaussian curvature is either negative or positive. In the former case the axisymmetric pseudosphere turns out to mimic the correct
shape before edge curling; in the latter case, singularities of the mathematical surface coincide with strong veins. Using a variational
minimization of the elastic energy, we find that the optimal number for the veins is either four, five or six, a number which is deceptively
close to the statistics on real flowers in nature.
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New J. Phys., 14: 085014, 2012. Also featured in the Highlights of 2012.
 Morphogenesis of membrane invaginations in spherical confinement
Osman Kahraman, Norbert Stoop, Martin Michael Müller 
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Europhys. Lett., 97(6): 68008, 2012. See also arXiv:1201.2518.
 Conical instabilities on paper
Jemal Guven, Martin Michael Müller, Pablo VázquezMontejo 
The stability of the fundamental defects of an unstretchable flat sheet is examined.
This involves expanding the bending energy to second order in deformations about the
defect. The modes of deformation occur as eigenstates of a fourthorder linear differential
operator. Unstretchability places a global linear constraint on these modes. Conical
defects with a surplus angle exhibit an infinite number of states. If this angle is below a
critical value, these states possess an nfold symmetry labeled by an integer, n ≥ 2. A
nonlinear stability analysis shows that the 2fold ground state is stable, whereas excited
states possess 2(n  2) unstable modes which come in even and odd pairs.
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J. Phys. A: Math. Theor., 45(1): 015203, 2012. See also arXiv:1107.5008.
 Interfacemediated interactions: Entropic forces of curved membranes
Pierre Gosselin, Hervé Mohrbach, Martin Michael Müller 
Particles embedded in a fluctuating interface experience forces and torques
mediated by the deformations and by the thermal fluctuations of the medium.
Considering a system of two cylinders bound to a fluid membrane we show that
the entropic contribution enhances the curvaturemediated repulsion between
the two cylinders. This is contrary to the usual attractive Casimir force in
the absence of curvaturemediated interactions. For a large distance between
the cylinders, we retrieve the renormalization of the surface tension of a
flat membrane due to thermal fluctuations.
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Phys. Rev. E, 83(5): 051921, 2011. See also arXiv:1011.1221.
 SelfContact and Instabilities in the Anisotropic Growth of Elastic Membranes
Norbert Stoop, Falk K. Wittel, Martine Ben Amar, Martin Michael Müller, Hans J. Herrmann 
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Phys. Rev. Lett., 105(6): 068101, 2010. See also arXiv:1007.1871.
 Cell Model Approach to Membrane Mediated Protein Interactions
Martin Michael Müller, Markus Deserno 
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Prog. Theor. Phys. Suppl., 184: pp. 351363, 2010.
 Hamiltonian formulation of surfaces with constant Gaussian curvature
Miguel Trejo, Martine Ben Amar, Martin Michael Müller 
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J. Phys. A: Math. Theor., 42(42): 425204, 2009.
 Local Membrane Mechanics of PoreSpanning Bilayers
Ingo Mey, Milena Stephan, Eva K. Schmitt, Martin Michael Müller, Martine Ben Amar, Claudia Steinem, Andreas Janshoff 
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J. Am. Chem. Soc., 131(20): pp. 70317039, 2009.
 Elasticity Mapping of PoreSuspending Native Cell Membranes
Bärbel Lorenz, Ingo Mey, Siegfried Steltenkamp, Tamir Fine, Christina Rommel, Martin Michael Müller, Alexander Maiwald, Joachim Wegener, Claudia Steinem, Andreas Janshoff 
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Small, 5(7): pp. 832838, 2009.
 Conical Defects in Growing Sheets
Martin Michael Müller, Martine Ben Amar, Jemal Guven 
A growing or shrinking disc will adopt a conical shape, its intrinsic geometry characterized by a surplus angle φ_{e} at the apex. If growth is slow, the cone will find its equilibrium. Whereas this is trivial if φ_{e}≤0, the disc can fold into one of a discrete infinite number of states if φ_{e} is positive. We construct these states in the regime where bending dominates, determine their energies and how stress is distributed in them. For each state a critical value of φ_{e} is identified beyond which the cone touches itself. Before this occurs, all states are stable; the ground state has twofold symmetry.
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Phys. Rev. Lett., 101(15): 156104, 2008. See also arXiv:0807.1814.
 How paper folds: bending with local constraints
Jemal Guven, Martin Michael Müller 
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J. Phys. A: Math. Theor., 41(5): 055203, 2008. See also arXiv:0712.0978.
 Contact lines for fluid surface adhesion
Markus Deserno, Martin Michael Müller, Jemal Guven 
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Phys. Rev. E, 76(1): 011605, 2007. See also condmat/0703019. Also featured in the Virtual Journal of Biological Physics Research.
 Balancing torques in membranemediated interactions: Exact results and
numerical illustrations
Martin Michael Müller, Markus Deserno, Jemal Guven 
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Phys. Rev. E, 76(1): 011921, 2007. See also condmat/0702340. Also featured in the Virtual Journal of Biological Physics Research.
 Aggregation and vesiculation of membrane proteins by curvaturemediated
interactions
Benedict J. Reynwar, Gregoria Illya, Vagelis A. Harmandaris, Martin Michael Müller, Kurt Kremer, Markus Deserno 
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Nature 447(7143): pp. 461464, 2007.
 How to determine local elastic properties of lipid bilayer membranes
from atomicforcemicroscope measurements: A theoretical analysis
Davood Norouzi, Martin Michael Müller, Markus Deserno 
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Phys. Rev. E, 74(6): 061914, 2006. See also condmat/0602662. Also featured in the Virtual Journal of Biological Physics Research.
 Mechanical Properties of PoreSpanning Lipid Bilayers Probed by Atomic Force Microscopy
Siegfried Steltenkamp, Martin Michael Müller, Markus Deserno, Christian Hennesthal, Claudia Steinem, Andreas Janshoff 
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Biophys. J., 91(1): pp. 217226, 2006.
 Interface mediated interactions between particles  a geometrical approach
Martin Michael Müller, Markus Deserno, Jemal Guven 
Particles bound to an interface interact because they deform its shape.
The stresses that result are fully encoded in the geometry and described
by a divergencefree surface stress tensor. This stress tensor can be
used to express the force on a particle as a line integral along any
conveniently chosen closed contour that surrounds the particle. The
resulting expression is exact (i.e., free of any 'smallness' assumptions)
and independent of the chosen surface parametrization. Additional surface
degrees of freedom, such as vector fields describing lipid tilt, are readily
included in this formalism. As an illustration, we derive the exact force
for several important surface Hamiltonians in various symmetric twoparticle
configurations in terms of the midplane geometry; its sign is evident in
certain interesting limits. Specializing to the linear regime, where the
shape can be analytically determined, these general expressions yield
forcedistance relations, several of which have originally been derived
by using an energy based approach.
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Phys. Rev. E, 72(6): 061407, 2005. See also condmat/0506019. Also featured in the Virtual Journal of Biological Physics Research.
 Geometry of surfacemediated interactions
Martin Michael Müller, Markus Deserno, Jemal Guven 
Soft interfaces can mediate interactions between particles bound to
them. The force transmitted through the surface geometry on a
particle may be expressed as a closed line integral of the surface
stress tensor around that particle. This contour may be deformed to
exploit the symmetries present; for two identical particles, one
obtains an exact expression for the force between them in terms of
the local surface geometry of their midplane; in the case of a
fluid membrane the sign of the interaction is often evident. The
approach, by construction, is adapted directly to the surface and is
independent of its parameterization. Furthermore, it is applicable
for arbitrarily large deformations; in particular, it remains valid
beyond the linear smallgradient regime.
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Europhys. Lett., 69(3): pp. 482488, 2005. See also condmat/0409043.
2. Books

New Trends in the Physics and Mechanics of Biological Systems
Lecture Notes of the Les Houches Summer School, vol. 92 (Oxford University Press, 2011),
edited by Martine Ben Amar, Alain Goriely, Martin Michael Müller and Leticia Cugliandolo.
Chapter 9:
The physics of the cell membrane
Martin Michael Müller and Martine Ben Amar.
3. Theses

Theoretical examinations of interface mediated interactions between colloidal particles,
diploma thesis (2004).

Theoretical studies of fluid membrane mechanics, dissertation (2007).

Symmetry breaking in bioelasticity, habilitation thesis (2015).
