Our main research field is the physics and modelling of granular materials, and their applications in the Environmental, Planetary, Space and Engineering Sciences. In the scope of our Heisenberg Programme "Multiscale Simulation of Earth Surface Processes" (DFG grant 434377576) , we focus on Earth surface particulate materials, and on the feedbacks between these materials and the Earth system, from the particle to the continental scale.
Eric Parteli


Click here for some impressions of our latest fieldwork @ Palm Springs, Salton Sea, and the Dumont, Kelso and Algodones dune fields (California, USA) in April/May 2022, @ Jericoacoara (Ceará, Brazil) in Oct 2022, and @ Palm Springs and Salton Sea (California, USA) in May 2023.

  • We are a member of NSF grant 2027064 (led by Douglas Sherman, The University of Alabama), Electrostatics in wind-blown sand.

Particle-scale models

Discrete-Element-Methods: particle models, physics of inter-particle interactions, granular flows

Bedform-scale simulation

From particles to bedforms: Computational Fluid Dynamic simulation of turbulent ABL flows over complex topography, agent-based and continuum models for bedform dynamics, physics of biogenic and anthropogenic feedbacks

  • DFG grant 280821821 Model for dune morphodynamics under consideration of multidirectional winds, vegetation and biogenic crusts

  • DFG grant 386788973 Optimization of soil erosion control with sand fences


Regional Modelling

Hydrological-Land Surface Simulation, upscaling models for Climatic-Geomorphologic Circulation (with Yaping Shao within SFB1211), natural hazards, landslide risk assessment

Ariane Binnie et al., doi:10.1016/j.nimb.2019.12.017

Computational Geochronology

Numerical simulation of cosmogenic nuclide concentration in rocks under consideration of complex exposure histories (description)

ESA/DLR/FU Berlin (G. Neukum)

Applications in the Planetary Science

Accretion models for planetesimal formation, Planetary Geomorphology

Eric Parteli & Thorsten Pöschel, doi:10.1016/j.powtec.2015.10.035

Applications in the Engineering Science

Powder application in additive manufacturing (with Thorsten Pöschel within SFB814), granular pipe flows, particle separation in microfluidic devices, percolation and transport phenomena in porous media, among many other applications

GYFVII: Arbeitsgruppe "Glokale Verflechtungen im Ruhrgebiet"

Global Young Faculty VII

We are a member of the Global Young Faculty - an initiative of Stiftung Mercator in cooperation with the University Alliance Ruhr.