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Many preprints can be found on arXiv.


  1. Symmetries in Hard Polygon Systems Determine Plastic Colloidal Crystal Mesophases in Two Dimensions
    W. Shen, J. Antonaglia, J.A. Anderson, M. Engel, G. van Anders, S.C. Glotzer
    Soft Mater, in press (2019)
  2. Complex Crystals from Size-Disperse Spheres
    P.K. Bommineni, N.R. Varela-Rosales, M. Klement, M. Engel
    arXiv:1811.00061 (2018)


  1. Magic Number Colloidal Clusters as Minimum Free Energy Structures
    J. Wang, C.F. Mbah, T. Przybilla, B.A. Zubiri, E. Spiecker, M. Engel, N. Vogel
    Nature Communications 9, 5259 (2018)
    Highlighted in: FAU Research
  2. Intermediate Crystalline Structures of Colloids in Shape Space
    D. Klotsa, E.R. Chen, M. Engel, S.C. Glotzer
    Soft Matter 14, 8692-8697 (2018)
    Highlighted in: Inside Front Cover
  3. Particle Shape Control via Etching of Core-Shell Nanocrystals
    A. Leonardi, M. Engel
    ACS Nano 12, 9186-9195 (2018)
  4. Rotating Robots Move Collectively and Self-Organize
    C. Scholz, M. Engel, T. Pöschel
    Nature Communications 9, 931 (2018)
    Highlighted in: and Nature Collection “Active Matter”
  5. Unusual Multiscale Mechanics of Biomimetic Nanoparticle Hydrogels
    Y. Zhou, P.F. Damasceno, B.S. Somashekar, M. Engel, F. Tian, J. Zhu, R. Huang, K. Johnson, C. McIntyre, K. Sun, M. Yang, P.F. Green, A. Ramamoorthy, S.C. Glotzer, N.A. Kotov
    Nature Communications 9, 181 (2018)


  1. Virial Coefficients and Equations of State for Hard Polyhedron Fluids
    M.E. Irrgang, M. Engel, A. Schultz, D.A. Kofke, S.C. Glotzer
    Langmuir 33, 11788–11796 (2017)
  2. Band Gap Formation and Anderson Localization in Disordered Photonic Materials with Structural Correlations
    L.S. Froufe-Perez, M. Engel, J.J. Saenz, F. Scheffold
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 114, 9570-9574 (2017)
    Highlighted in: Uni Fribourg Research Story
  3. Non-Close-Packed Three-Dimensional Quasicrystals
    P.F. Damasceno, S.C. Glotzer, M. Engel
    Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter 29, 234005 (2017)
    Highlighted in: Special issue collection “Soft quasicrystals”
  4. Shape and Symmetry Determine Two-Dimensional Melting Transitions of Hard Regular Polygons
    J.A. Anderson, J. Antonaglia, J.A. Millan, M. Engel, S.C. Glotzer
    Physical Review X 7, 021001 (2017)
  5. Clathrate Colloidal Crystals
    H. Lin, S. Lee, L. Sun, M. Spellings, M. Engel, S.C. Glotzer, C.A. Mirkin
    Science 355, 931-935 (2017)
    Highlighted in: Science Perspective and
  6. Shape-Dependent Ordering of Gold Nanocrystals into Large-Scale Superlattices
    J. Gong, R.S. Newman, M. Engel, M. Zhao, F. Bian, S.C. Glotzer, Z. Tang
    Nature Communications 8, 14038 (2017)
  7. Quasicrystalline Nanocrystal Superlattice with Partial Matching Rules
    X. Ye, J. Chen, M.E. Irrgang, M. Engel, A. Dong, S.C. Glotzer, C.B. Murray
    Nature Materials 16, 214-219 (2017)
    Highlighted in: PennNews


  1. Self-Assembly of Colloidal Nanocrystals: From Intricate Structures to Functional Materials
    M.A. Boles, M. Engel, D.V. Talapin
    Chemical Reviews 116, 11220-11289 (2016)
  2. Role of Short-Range Order and Hyperuniformity in the Formation of Band Gaps in Disordered Photonic Materials
    L.S. Froufe-Perez, M. Engel, P.F. Damasceno, N. Muller, J. Haberko, S.C. Glotzer, F. Scheffold
    Physical Review Letters 117, 053902 (2016)


  1. Controlling Chirality of Entropic Crystals
    P.F. Damasceno, A.S. Karas, B.A. Schultz, M. Engel, S.C. Glotzer
    Physical Review Letters 115, 158303 (2015)
  2. Metastable Orientational Order of Colloidal Discoids
    L.C. Hsiao, B.A. Schultz, J. Glaser, M. Engel, M.E. Szakasits, S.C. Glotzer, M.J. Solomon
    Nature Communications 6, 8507 (2015)
  3. Shape Control and Compartmentalization in Active Colloidal Cells
    M. Spellings, M. Engel, D. Klotsa, S. Sabrina, A.M. Drews, N.H.P. Nguyen, K.J.M. Bishop, S.C. Glotzer
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112, E4642-E4650 (2015)
    Highlighted in: Nature Physics Research Highlights
  4. Symmetry Considerations for the Targeted Assembly of Entropically Stabilized Colloidal Crystals via Voronoi Particles
    B.A. Schultz, P.F. Damasceno, M. Engel, S.C. Glotzer
    ACS Nano 9, 2336-2344 (2015)
  5. Computational Self-Assembly of a One-Component Icosahedral Quasicrystal
    M. Engel, P.F. Damasceno, C.L. Phillips, S.C. Glotzer
    Nature Materials 14, 109-116 (2015)
    Highlighted in: Nature Materials News and Views


  1. Understanding Shape Entropy through Local Dense Packing
    G. van Anders, N.K. Ahmed, D. Klotsa, M. Engel, S.C. Glotzer
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111, E4812-E4821 (2014)
    Highlighted in: Nature Materials News and Views
  2. Controlled Self-Assembly of Periodic and Aperiodic Cluster Crystals
    K. Barkan, M. Engel, R. Lifshitz
    Physical Review Letters 113, 098304 (2014)
    Highlighted in:
  3. News&Views: A Triangular Affair
    M. Engel, S.C. Glotzer
    Nature Physics 10, 185-186 (2014)
  4. Complexity in Surfaces of Densest Packings for Families of Polyhedra
    E.R. Chen, D. Klotsa, M. Engel, P.F. Damasceno, S.C. Glotzer
    Physical Review X 4, 011024 (2014)
    Highlighted in: Physics Synopsis and IOP Physics World and New Scientist
  5. Emergent Collective Phenomena in a Mixture of Hard Shapes through Active Rotation
    N.H.P. Nguyen, D. Klotsa, M. Engel, S.C. Glotzer
    Physical Review Letters 112, 075701 (2014)
  6. Entropically Patchy Particles: Engineering Valence through Shape Entropy
    G. van Anders, N.K. Ahmed, R. Smith, M. Engel, S.C. Glotzer
    ACS Nano 8, 931-940 (2014)


  1. A Directional Entropic Force Approach to Anisotropic Nanoparticle Assembly
    K.L. Young, M.L. Personick, M. Engel, P.F. Damasceno, S.N. Barnaby, R. Bleher, T. Li, S.C. Glotzer, B. Lee, C.A. Mirkin
    Angewandte Chemie 52, 13980-13984 (2013)
  2. Shape Alloys of Nanorods and Nanospheres from Self-Assembly
    X. Ye, J.A. Millan, M. Engel, J. Chen, B.T. Diroll, S.C. Glotzer, C.B. Murray
    Nano Letters 13, 4980-4988 (2013)
  3. Massively Parallel Monte Carlo for Many-Particle Simulations on GPUs
    J.A. Anderson, E. Jankowski, T.L. Grubb, M. Engel, S.C. Glotzer
    Journal of Computational Physics 254, 27-38 (2013)
  4. Packing and Self-Assembly of Truncated Triangular Bipyramids
    A. Haji-Akbari, E.R. Chen, M. Engel, S.C. Glotzer
    Physical Review E 88, 012127 (2013)
  5. Competition of Shape and Interaction Patchiness for Self-Assembling Nanoplates
    X. Ye, J. Chen, M. Engel, J.A. Millan, W. Li, L. Qi, G. Xing, J.E. Collins, C.R. Kagan, J. Li, S.C. Glotzer, C.B. Murray
    Nature Chemistry 5, 466-473 (2013)
    Highlighted in: Cover Article and MRS Bulletin
  6. Hard-Disk Equation of State: First-Order Liquid-Hexatic Transition in Two Dimensions with Three Simulation Methods
    M. Engel, J.A. Anderson, S.C. Glotzer, M. Isobe, E.P. Bernard, W. Krauth
    Physical Review E 87, 042134 (2013)
    Highlighted in: CNRS Actualité and Phys. Rev. E 25th Anniversary Milestone


  1. Confirmation of the Random Tiling Hypothesis for a Decagonal Quasicrystal
    A. Kiselev, M. Engel, H.-R. Trebin
    Physical Review Letters 109, 225502 (2012)
  2. Predictive Self-Assembly of Polyhedra into Complex Structures
    P.F. Damasceno, M. Engel, S.C. Glotzer
    Science 337, 453-457 (2012)
    Highlighted in: Science Perspective and Scientific American and others
  3. Crystalline Assemblies and Densest Packings of a Family of Truncated Tetrahedra and the Role of Directional Entropic Forces
    P.F. Damasceno, M. Engel, S.C. Glotzer
    ACS Nano 6, 609-614 (2012)
    Highlighted in: in Nano
  4. Brennpunkt: Aus Schaum gebaut
    M. Engel
    Physik Journal 6/2012, 24-25 (2012)


  1. Low-Temperature Structure of ξ’-Al-Pd-Mn Optimized by Ab Initio Methods
    B. Frigan, A. Santana, M. Engel, D. Schopf, H.-R. Trebin, M. Mihalkovic
    Physical Review B 84, 184203 (2011)
  2. Degenerate Quasicrystal of Hard Triangular Bipyramids
    A. Haji-Akbari, M. Engel, S.C. Glotzer
    Physical Review Letters 107, 215702 (2011)
    Highlighted in: Cover Article and IOP Physics World
  3. Phase Diagram of Hard Tetrahedra
    A. Haji-Akbari, M. Engel, S.C. Glotzer
    Journal of Chemical Physics 135, 194101 (2011)
  4. Entropic Stabilization of Tunable Planar Modulated Superstructures
    M. Engel
    Physical Review Letters 106, 095504 (2011)
  5. News&Views: Complex Order in Soft Matter
    S.C. Glotzer, M. Engel
    Nature 471, 309-310 (2011)
  6. Eine unmögliche Entdeckung – Nobelpreis für Quasikristalle
    M. Engel, J. Roth, H.-R. Trebin
    Physik Journal 12/2011, 31-34 (2011)
    Highlighted in: Cover Article


  1. Dynamics of Particle Flips in Two Dimensional Quasicrystals
    M. Engel, M. Umezaki, H.-R. Trebin, T. Odagaki
    Physical Review B 82, 134206 (2010)
  2. Dense Crystalline Dimer Packings of Regular Tetrahedra
    E.R. Chen, M. Engel, S.C. Glotzer
    Discrete and Computational Geometry 44, 253-280 (2010)
    Highlighted in: New York Times and SIAM News and MDMV and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and others
  3. Phason Dynamics in One-Dimensional Lattices
    H. Lipp, M. Engel, S. Sonntag, H.-R. Trebin
    Physical Review B 81, 064302 (2010)
  4. Brennpunkt: Volle Packung
    M. Engel
    Physik Journal 9/2010, 18-19 (2010)


  1. Disordered, Quasicrystalline and Crystalline Phases of Densely Packed Tetrahedra
    A. Haji-Akbari, M. Engel, A.S. Keys, X. Zheng, R.G. Petschek, P. Palffy-Muhoray, S.C. Glotzer
    Nature 462, 773-777 (2009)
    Highlighted in: BBC Science Image
  2. Simulating Structure and Physical Properties of Complex Metallic Alloys
    H.-R. Trebin, P. Brommer, M. Engel, F. Gähler, S. Hocker, F. Rösch, J. Roth
    in: E. Belin-Ferré (ed.)
    Properties and applications of complex intermetallics, World Scientific, 291-330 (2009)

2005 – 2008

  1. Structural Complexity in Monodisperse Systems of Isotropic Particles
    M. Engel, H.-R. Trebin
    Zeitschrift für Kristallographie 223, 721-725 (2008)
  2. Stability of the Decagonal Quasicrystal in the Lennard-Jones-Gauss System
    M. Engel, H.-R. Trebin
    Philosophical Magazine 88, 1959-1965 (2008)
  3. Structural Variations in ε-Type Al-Mn-(Pd, Fe) Complex Metallic Alloy Phases
    M. Heggen, M. Engel, S. Balanetskyy, M. Feuerbacher, H.-R. Trebin
    Philosophical Magazine 88, 507-521 (2008)
  4. Dynamics and Defects of Complex Crystals and Quasicrystals: Perspectives from Simple Model Systems
    M. Engel
    Doctoral Thesis, Universität Stuttgart (2008)
  5. Self-Assembly of Monatomic Complex Crystals and Quasicrystals with a Double-Well Interaction Potential
    M. Engel, H.-R. Trebin
    Physical Review Letters 98, 225505 (2007)
  6. Structure Factors of Harmonic and Anharmonic Fibonacci Chains by Molecular Dynamics Simulations
    M. Engel, S. Sonntag, H. Lipp, H.-R. Trebin
    Physical Review B 75, 144203 (2007)
  7. Tiling Models for Metadislocations in AlPdMn Approximants
    M. Engel, H.-R. Trebin
    Philosophical Magazine 86, 979-984 (2006)
  8. A Unified Projection formalism for the Al-Pd-Mn Quasicrystal Ξ-Approximants and their Metadislocations
    M. Engel, H.-R. Trebin
    Philosophical Magazine 85, 2227-2247 (2005)