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Research interests

A central research interest of mine is the development of multi-scale methods for dynamic problems.

In particular, I am interested in the derivation of macroscopic descriptions for processes out of equilibrium. This includes entropy-driven processes, such as the description of diffusive processes as a gradient flow of an entropy, energy-driven processes and processes which combine energetic and entropic effects. One aspect of my work concerns the derivation of such thermodynamic descriptions from micro- or mesoscopic models.

Methodologically, this scale-bridging combines tools from mathematical analysis (partial differential equations, calculus of variations) with probabilistic ones. I enjoy interdisciplinary research with physicists, material scientists and researchers in mechanics.

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Projects 2004 2021

Wolfson Merit Award - Nonequilibrium Particles & PDE

Zimmer, G.


Project: Research council

Controlling Nucleation & Growth to Deliver Novel Materials Functionality

Zimmer, G.

Project: Research-related fundingInternally Funded Research

T shape
complex systems


Zimmer, G. & Ansini, N.


Project: EU Commission


Research Output 2003 2019

A regularised Dean-Kawasaki model: derivation and analysis

Cornalba, F., Shardlow, T. & Zimmer, J., 11 Jan 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Siam Journal on Mathematical Analysis.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
2 Citations (Scopus)
Open Access
Fluctuations (theory)
Rate Function
Markov chains

Computing diffusivities from particle models out of equilibrium

Embacher, P., Dirr, N., Zimmer, J. & Reina, C., 11 Apr 2018, In : Proceedings of the Royal Society of Edinburgh Section A - Mathematics. 474, 2212, 20170694.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Particle System
Zero-range Process
Exclusion Process

Effective Hamiltonian Dynamics via the Maupertuis Principle

Schwetlick, H., Sutton, D. & Zimmer, J., 31 Jul 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Discrete and Continuous Dynamical Systems Series S.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle