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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, J.


Project: Research council

T shape
complex systems


Zimmer, J. & Ansini, N.


Project: EU Commission


Research Output 2003 2019

A regularised Dean-Kawasaki model: derivation and analysis

Cornalba, F., Shardlow, T. & Zimmer, J., 9 Apr 2019, In : Siam Journal on Mathematical Analysis. 51, 2, p. 1137-1187 51 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Harnessing fluctuations to discover dissipative evolution equations

Li, X., Dirr, N., Embacher, P., Zimmer, J. & Reina, C., 30 Jun 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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, p. 20170694 20170694.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Particle System
Zero-range Process
Exclusion Process


Entropic Gradient Flows on the Wasserstein Space via Large Deviations from Thermodynamic Limits

Author: Laschos, V., 31 Dec 2013

Supervisor: Zimmer, J. (Supervisor) & Schwetlick, H. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Large Deviations for Boundary Driven Exclusion Processes

Author: Gonzalez Duhart Muñoz De Cote, H., 21 Jul 2015

Supervisor: Morters, P. (Supervisor) & Zimmer, G. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Microscopic Hamiltonian Systems and their Effective Description

Author: Sutton, D., 19 Jul 2013

Supervisor: Zimmer, G. (Supervisor) & Schwetlick, H. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Variational Structures for Dynamical Fluctuations, In and Out of Equilibrium

Author: Kaiser, M., 22 Nov 2018

Supervisor: Zimmer, J. (Supervisor) & Jack, R. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD