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Dr Nicolas Dirr


person name Position: Reader Email:
Telephone: +44(0)29 208 70920
Fax: +44(0)29 208 74199
Extension: 70920
Location: M/2.16

Research Interests

Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations with stochastic coefficients and scaling limits, in particular as mathematical models for phase transition and nucleation (often evolution equations for interface motion) and their derivation from interacting particle systems.

More precisely:

  • Interfaces in heterogeneous and random media and associated nonlinear PDEs
  • Interacting Stochastic Processes and their scaling limits
  • Stochastic nonlinear PDEs
  • Nonlinear PDEs and Stochastic Processes
  • Homogenization  and Gamma-convergence
  • Scaling limits of singularly perturbed differential equations.

Research Group



Autumn Semester
MA0123 Analysis I

Spring Semester
MA4007 Measure Theory

MA4901 Reading Module





External Funding.

2006-2007 Member and theme leader of focus research group (Forschergruppe) "Analysis and Stochastics in Complex Physical Systems," Berlin/Leipzig, Germany

2007-2010 Royal Society and LMS travel and conference grant

Major Conference Talks

Isaac Newton Institute (Stochastic Partial Differential Equations), invited programme participant.

Stochastic Processes and Applications, Osaka, invited talk in focus session.

Analysis of Stochastic Surface Evolution, Leipzig, Germany, invited speaker.

Analysis of Nonlinear PDEs and Free Boundary Problems: Applications to homogenization, Vancouver, invited speaker.

Free Boundary Problems 2008, Stockholm, invited speaker and organiser of focus session.

Postgraduate Students

Past Students

Vaios Laschos ( University of Bath, jointly with Dr. Johannes Zimmer)



Diploma in Mathematics: University of Bonn, Germany, 1998

PhD University of Leipzig, Germany, 2002

Previous Positions

1998 - 2002: Research Associate, University of Leipzig and Max-Planck-Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences, Leipzig.

2002 - 2004: Lecturer, University of Texas at Austin (partially supported by a Fellowship of the German Academic Exchange Service DAAD)

2004 - 2007: Junior Research Group Leader, Max-Planck-Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences, Leipzig.

2007 - March 2011: RCUK fellow, University of Bath

April 2011 -Present: Reader in Mathematical Analysis, School of Mathematics, University of Cardiff