Benny van Zuiden

Full name: Benjamin Chai van Zuiden, MSc (Leiden University)
Position: PhD Candidate (Final stages; available for hire)
Group: Prof. dr. Vincenzo Vitelli's Soft Condensed Matter Theory Group
Location: Instituut Lorentz (Leiden University) Oort 266

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About me

I'm a theoretical and computational physicist, not shy of doing some experiments. Highly experienced in algorithm design, low level programming (C/C++ mostly) and the Linux environment. Also experienced in the designing and implementation of computer libraries, mostly in order to do simulations and data analysis in small research teams. Team leading capabilities both in R&D as in sales. Experience with computer cluster designing/building/maintaining and system administration.


Currently, I'm mostly working simulations of various active systems, revealing their geometric and topological properties, see the publications section for more information. Additionally, I maintain some code for the group, most notably a molecular dynamics library, and I have released a mathematical parser library and svg creation library. Furthermore, I maintain a 20-node computer cluster ("Southpark Cluster") to do some calculations with. Previously, I have worked nematic liquid crystals confined in toroidal geometries and crystal melting transitions on curved substrates. I have also worked differential geometry and how to handle them computationally (tbp), and released some work on Geometry on a Monge patch. Finally, I briefly worked with Kilo Bots which was fun, I've created a small command line tool for it too.

Selected Publications

  • Topological sound in active-liquid metamaterials, Anton Souslov, Benjamin C. van Zuiden, Denis Bartolo and Vincenzo Vitelli, Nature Physics  (2017)
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  • Spatiotemporal order and emergent edge currents in active spinner materials, Benjamin C. van Zuiden, Jayson Paulose, William T. M. Irvine, Denis Bartolo and Vincenzo Vitelli, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 113(46):12919-12924, (2016)
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