Alexander Mielke

Annegret Glitzky, Martin Heida, Katharina Hopf, Hans-Christoph Kaiser, Thomas Koprucki, Matthias Liero, Anieza Maltsi, Oliver Marquardt, Grigor Nika, Joachim Rehberg, Nella Rotundo, Artur Stephan

Andrea Eismann

Honorary Members:
Herbert Gajewski, Konrad Gröger, Jürgen Sprekels

Upcoming Events:

23.10.2019, 2:00 pm: Colloquium celebrating Prof. Dr. Herbert Gajewski's 80th birthday



Many fundamental processes in nature and technology can be described by partial differential equations. The research group is working on the analytical theory of such equations (existence, uniqueness, qualitative behaviour) and on the development and implementation of algorithms for their numerical solution. The algorithms are used for the numerical simulation in industrial applications. The functionality of modern materials, for instance, relies on the complex interplay of effects on several length and time scales as well as on different physical effects, such as mechanics, thermodynamics, optics, and electromagnetism. The main topics of research are mathematical models of carrier transport in semiconductors and optoelectronic devices and reaction-diffusion equations for the transport of dopants in solids. Furthermore, nonlinear material models for linearized and nonlinear elasticity and plasticity as well as for systems with internal variables are under study. In this context, we develop in particular methods for abstract evolutionary equations, e.g. gradient systems, and for multiscale problems.



Prof. Dr. Karen M. Gambaryan, head of the Semiconductor and Microelectronics Dept. at Yerevan State University, Armenia, has been visiting our institute for the months of July and August 2019. During his visit which was funded via an award by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Karen was introduced to the software library Sphinx and has performed systematic simulations of InAsSbP quantum dots that resemble the realistic systems obtained in his lab using liquid phase epitaxy (LPE).



Several members of RG1 and the Weierstrass Group participated in the “International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics"(July 15-19, Valencia, Spain).


After Mr. Thomas Frenzel's PhD thesis defense (”On the derivation of effective gradient systems via EDP-convergence") on June 26th, 2019.


On January 31st and February 1st 2019, the kickoff meeting of the ECMI Special Interest Group `Modelling, Simulation and Optimization in Electrical Engineering" took place at WIAS; the meeting was organized by Nella Rotundo (RG1), Patricio Farrell (RG3) and Dirk Peschka (Weierstrass Group).


Within the framework of the workshop "Analysis of Evolutionary and Complex Systems", a colloquium in honor of Alexander Mielke's 60th birthday took place on September 26th 2018.


On occasion of his 80th birthday, Prof. Dr. Konrad Gröger was awarded a Honorary Medal by the Czech Mathematical Society for his longlife contribution to cooperation between Czech and German mathematicians, see photos below.

The junior prize of the International Society for the Interaction of Mechanics and Mathematics (ISIMM) 2018 was awarded to Matthias Liero. The recipient of the prize is to selected among the researchers who made significant contributions linking Mathematics and Mathematical Physics. Matthias Liero's research is focused on the mathematical analysis of partial differential equations, e.g. describing the electrothermal interplay in organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs). He is already the second awardee of the ISIMM junior prize of our research group.