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1. Articles scientifiques
 Flexoelectric fluid membrane vesicles in spherical confinement
Niloufar Abtahi, Lila Bouzar, Nadia SaidiAmroun, Martin Michael Müller 
The morphology of spherically confined flexoelectric fluid membrane vesicles in an ex
ternal uniform electric field is studied numerically. Due to the deformations induced by
the confinement, the membrane becomes polarized resulting in an interaction with the
external field. The equilibrium shapes of the vesicle without electric field can be clas
sified in a geometrical phase diagram as a function of scaled area and reduced volume
[1, 2]. When the area of the membrane is only slightly larger than the area of the con
fining sphere, a single axisymmetric invagination appears. A nonvanishing electric field
induces an additional elongation of the confined vesicle which is either perpendicular or
parallel depending on the sign of the electric field parameter. Higher values of the surface
area or the electric field parameter can reduce the symmetry of the system leading to
more complex folding. We present the resulting shapes and show that transition lines
are shifted in the presence of an electric field. The obtained folding patterns could be of
interest for biophysical and technological applications alike.
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EPL, 131(1): 18001, 2020. Cf. aussi arXiv:2006.04475.
 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. Cf. aussi arXiv:1904.05855.
 Helical Superstructure of Intermediate Filaments
Lila Bouzar, Martin Michael Müller, René Messina, Bernd Nöding, Sarah Köster, Hervé Mohrbach, Igor M. Kulić 
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Phys. Rev. Lett., 122: 098101, 2019. Cf. aussi 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 
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Phys. Rev. E, 98: 043111, 2018. Cf. aussi 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. Cf. aussi arXiv:1606.03611.
 How biofilaments twist membranes
Julien Fierling, Albert Johner, Igor M. Kulić, Hervé Mohrbach, Martin Michael Müller 
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Soft Matter, 12: 5747, 2016.
 Toroidal membrane vesicles in spherical confinement
Lila Bouzar, Ferhat Menas, Martin Michael Müller 
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Phys. Rev. E, 92: 032721, 2015. Cf. aussi 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. Cf. aussi 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. Cf. aussi 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. Cf. aussi 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. Cf. aussi 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. Cf. aussi 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. Choisi pour les 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. Cf. aussi arXiv:1201.2518.
 Conical instabilities on paper
Jemal Guven, Martin Michael Müller, Pablo VázquezMontejo 
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J. Phys. A: Math. Theor., 45(1): 015203, 2012. Cf. aussi 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. Cf. aussi 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 
We investigate the morphology of thin discs and rings growing in circumferential direction. Recent analytical results suggest that this growth produces symmetric excess cones (econes). We study the stability of such solutions considering selfcontact and bending stress. We show that, contrary to what was assumed in previous analytical solutions, beyond a critical growth factor, no symmetric econe solution is energetically minimal any more. Instead, we obtain skewed econe solutions having lower energy, characterized by a skewness angle and repetitive spiral winding with increasing growth. These results are generalized to discs with varying thickness and rings with holes of different radii.
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Phys. Rev. Lett., 105(6): 068101, 2010. Cf. aussi 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 
The mechanical behavior of lipid bilayers spanning the pores of highly ordered porous silicon substrates was studied by local indentation experiments as a function of surface functionalization, lipid composition, solvent content, indentation velocity, and pore radius. Solventcontaining nanoblack lipid membranes (nanoBLMs) as well as solventfree porespanning bilayers were imaged by fluorescence and atomic force microscopy prior to force curve acquisition, which allows distinguishing between membranecovered and uncovered pores. Force indentation curves on porespanning bilayers attached to functionalized hydrophobic porous silicon substrates reveal a predominately linear response that is mainly attributed to prestress in the membranes. This is in agreement with the observation that indentation leads to membrane lysis well below 5% area dilatation. However, membrane bending and lateral tension dominates over
prestress and stretching if solventfree supported membranes obtained from spreading giant liposomes on hydrophilic porous silicon are indented.
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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 
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Phys. Rev. Lett., 101(15): 156104, 2008. Cf. aussi 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. Cf. aussi arXiv:0712.0978.
 Contact lines for fluid surface adhesion
Markus Deserno, Martin Michael Müller, Jemal Guven 
When a fluid surface adheres to a substrate, the location of the
contact line adjusts in order to minimize the overall energy. This
adhesion balance implies boundary conditions which depend on the
characteristic surface deformation energies. We develop a general
geometrical framework within which these conditions can be
systematically derived.
We treat both adhesion to a rigid substrate as well as adhesion
between two fluid surfaces, and illustrate our general results for
several important Hamiltonians involving both curvature and
curvature gradients. Some of these have previously been studied
using very different techniques, others are to our knowledge new.
What becomes clear in our approach is that, except for capillary
phenomena, these boundary conditions are not the manifestation
of a local force balance, even if the concept of surface stress is
properly generalized. Hamiltonians containing higher order surface
derivatives are not just sensitive to boundary translations but also
notice changes in slope or even curvature.
Both the necessity and the functional form of the corresponding
additional contributions follow readily from our treatment.
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Phys. Rev. E, 76(1): 011605, 2007. Cf. aussi condmat/0703019. Choisi pour le 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. Cf. aussi condmat/0702340. Choisi pour le 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 
Membrane remodelling plays an important role in cellular tasks such as endocytosis, vesiculation and protein sorting, and in the biogenesis of organelles such as the endoplasmic reticulum or the Golgi apparatus. It is well established that the remodelling process is aided by specialized proteins that can sense as well as create membrane curvature, and trigger tubulation when added to synthetic liposomes. Because the energy needed for such largescale changes in membrane geometry significantly exceeds the binding energy between individual proteins and between protein and membrane, cooperative action is essential. It has recently been suggested that curvaturemediated attractive interactions could aid cooperation and complement the effects of specific binding events on membrane remodelling. But it is difficult to experimentally isolate curvaturemediated interactions from direct attractions between proteins. Moreover, approximate theories predict repulsion between isotropically curving proteins. Here we use coarsegrained membrane simulations to show that curvatureinducing model proteins adsorbed on lipid bilayer membranes can experience attractive interactions that arise purely as a result of membrane curvature. We find that once a minimal local bending is realized, the effect robustly drives protein cluster formation and subsequent transformation into vesicles with radii that correlate with the local curvature imprint. Owing to its universal nature, curvaturemediated attraction can operate even between proteins lacking any specific interactions, such as newly synthesized and still immature membrane proteins in the endoplasmic reticulum.
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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 
Measurements with an atomic force microscope (AFM) offer a direct way to
probe elastic properties of lipid bilayer membranes locally: provided
the underlying stressstrain relation is known, material parameters such as
surface tension or bending rigidity may be deduced.
In a recent experiment a porespanning membrane was poked with an AFM tip,
yielding a linear behavior of the forceindentation curves. A theoretical
model for this case is presented here which describes these curves in the
framework of Helfrich theory. The linear behavior of the measurements is
reproduced if one neglects the influence of adhesion between tip and membrane.
Including it via an adhesion balance changes the situation significantly:
forcedistance curves cease to be linear, hysteresis and nonzero detachment
forces can show up. The characteristics of this rich scenario are discussed
in detail in this article.
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Phys. Rev. E, 74(6): 061914, 2006. Cf. aussi condmat/0602662. Choisi pour le 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 
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Phys. Rev. E, 72(6): 061407, 2005. Cf. aussi condmat/0506019. Choisi pour le Virtual Journal of Biological Physics Research.
 Geometry of surfacemediated interactions
Martin Michael Müller, Markus Deserno, Jemal Guven 
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Europhys. Lett., 69(3): pp. 482488, 2005. Cf. aussi condmat/0409043.
2. Livres

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

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

Theoretical studies of fluid membrane mechanics, thèse de doctorat (2007).

Symmetry breaking in bioelasticity, thèse d'habilitation à diriger des recherches (2015).
