Curriculum Vitae

Personal Information

Birth: April 13, 1954, Tettau, Bavaria, Germany.
Current Address: Department of Mathematics, Cauerstraße 11, D-91058 Erlangen, Germany.
Phone: (+499131)67224
FAX: (+499131)67225
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Diploma in Mathematics (“mit Auszeichnung”) Free University of Berlin 1978
Ph.D. (Mathematics) (“magna cum laude”) University of Augsburg 1983
Habilitation in Mathematics University of Augsburg 1988


Professional Experience

Research coworker Free University of Berlin 1978-79
Scientific Assistant Free University of Berlin 1979-81
Scientific Assistant University of Augsburg 1981-83
Akademischer Rat University of Augsburg 1983-88
Akademischer Oberrat University of Augsburg 1988-91
Head of the research group “Numerical mathematics and Scientific Computing” Weierstraß Institute for Applied Analysis and Stochastics, Berlin 1992-93
Full Professor and head of the Chair Applied Mathematics I University of Erlangen-Nürnberg 1994-
Vice-dean, Dean and Senator Faculty of Natural Sciences I, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg 1995-2001 2003-2005
Head of Department Department of Mathematics, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg 2007-2011
Vice-dean Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg 2007-2011


Rejected offers

Bergakademie Freiberg: Full Professor and Chair 1994
Universität Dortmund: Full Professor and Chair 1999


Major Current Research projects (Selection): 

Ministry for Science and Technology: “Carrier influenced transport of contaminants in porous media: numerical simulation and parameter estimation” 1994-1997
Ministry for Science and Technology: “Grid generation, discretization and error estimation for the simulation of density – driven subsurface flows” 1995-1998
Bavarian Research Foundation: “Combustion in Inert Porous Media” 1996-1998
Ministry for Science and Technology: “Influence of Surfactants on Spreading of Contaminants and Soil Ramediation” 1997-2000
Bavarian Research Foundation: “Micro-macro Modelling of Solidification Processes in Alloys” 1998-2000
Research project in the frame of the joint French-German CNRS-DFG research project “Numerical Flow Simulation” “A parallel hybrid FEM-spectral Navier-Stokes solver for viscous channel flow” 1997-2001
Federal Ministry of Education and Research: “Quantification of Contaminant Sources and Transport Prognosis in Aquifers (‘Sickerwasserprognose’)” 2001-2003
Bavarian State Ministry of the Environment and Public Health: “Development of a simulation tool for the prognosis of the spreading and the degradation of contaminants in the saturated and vadose zone” 2001-2003
Federal Ministry of Education and Research: “Modelling of the reactive transport of contaminants in the (un-)saturated zone for the prognosis of natural attenuation” 2004-2008
International Doctorate Project / Elite Netzwerk Bayern: “Identification algorithms for flow and reactive transport problems in porous media “ since 2006
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft: “Der Einfluss von Kolloiden auf Strömung und Transport in Böden: Randaspekt oder Schlüsselprozess?” 2006-2010
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft: Efficient numerical solution of large partial differential complementarity problems arising in multispecies reactive transport with minerals in porous media” since 2007
Deutsche Telekom Stiftung ”Colloid facilitated contaminant transport in porous media – modeling and analysis” seit 2008
International Bureau of the BMBF, RUS09/B12 ”Development of new photocatalytic filtration systems for air cleaning from nanoparticles, organic admixtures, and bacteria with the help of numerical simulations” seit 2009

Scope of Responsibility

Research group of 14 scientists and 1 person technical staff 1992-1993
Chair of 4 professors, 5 persons scientific staff, 2 persons technical staff 6 persons scientific staff in projects. 1994-
Dean of the faculty for natural sciences I 1997-1999
Head of the Department for Mathematics 2007-2011


Research interests

  • modelling, analysis, numerical approximation of reactive transport processes in porous media,
  • analysis and finite element approximation of nonlinear degenerate parabolic systems,
  • grid generation,
  • parameter identification for distributed systems,
  • applications in geohydrology, soil science, chemical engineering, material science, pharmacology.
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg