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Research Interests

Nonlinear Analysis / Partial differential equations / Free boundary problems / Free discontinuity problems

Research Grants (PI)

2017-2018: National Science Foundation of China - 400 000 RMB for the project “Free Discontinuity Problems and Applications in Fracture Mechanics”

2014-2015: XJTLU-Research Development Grant - 44 000 RMB for the project “Asymptotic behaviour of Mumford-Shah minimizers at the crack-tip”

PhD Students

Zhiwei Cheng (2022)

Personal profile

I joined UNNC in August 2015. Before that I worked for 3 years at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University in Suzhou (PR China) and for 7 years at Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences in Leipzig (Germany). 

Expertise Summary

I am an applied mathematician working on non-linear partial differential equations. Of my particular interest are problems with geometric “side effects”, like free boundaries and free discontinuities.


Modelling with Differential Equations (MATH2035)

Complex Functions (MATH2036)

Professional Information


2020: Lord Dearing Teaching Award

Academic Events Organized

2018: International Conference “Free boundary / free discontinuity problems and applications” UNNC, Ningbo in June 24-26

2017: Research Summer School “Free Discontinuity Problems and Applications in Fracture Mechanics”, UNNC, Ningbo, August 14-18

2015: International workshop "Non-linear PDEs and Applications", Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Suzhou, China, May 18-19

2008: UNESCO-CIMPA Summer-School “Nonlinear analysis and Geometric PDE”, Tsaghkadzor, Armenia, June 15-24

Academic Visits (one month or longer)

2014: Visiting Fellowship (Feb. 3 - Apr. 13) in the research program on “Free Boundary Problems and Related Topics”, held at the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences in Cambridge, UK

2011: Visiting Fellowship (Mar. 1 - Apr. 30) in the research program on “Free boundary problems and applications”, held at the MSRI, UC Berkeley, USA

Admin duties

2016 - present: Course Director of BSc program “Mathematics with Applied Mathematics”, UNNC

2018 - present: Deputy Head of the Research Group “Partial Differential Equations”, UNNC

2020 - present: Academic Representative of UNNC on the University of Nottingham Senate

2013 - 2015: Applied Mathematics Program Director, XJTLU

2009 - 2010: Member of the Committee for Defense and Security Research of the Scientific Council of the Max Planck Society, Munich, Germany

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  • Staff


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