Prof. Dr. Gero Friesecke


Global Analysis

Academic Career and Research Areas

The research activities of Prof. Friesecke concern the electronic structure of atoms and molecules, calculation of variations, molecular dynamics, multiscale methods and nonlinear waves.

He studied mathematics and physics at the University of Bonn and received his doctorate from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh (1990-1993). Afterwards, Prof. Friesecke did his postdoctoral studies at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, the University of Freiburg and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (1993-1997). He then worked as a lecturer at Oxford University and was appointed professor in 1998. In 2001, he moved to the University of Warwick in England. Since 2004, he has held the Chair of Global Analysis in TUM’s Department of Mathematics.


  • Honorary Professor, University of Warwick, U.K. (2010)
  • Whitehead Prize of the London Mathematical society (1999)
  • Oberwolfach Prize, Mathematical Research Institute Oberwolfach (1995)

Friesecke G, Goddard BD: "Asymptotics-based CI models for atoms: properties, exact solution of a minimal model for Li to Ne, and application to atomic spectra." Multiscale Model. Simul. 2009: 7(4): 1876-1897.


Friesecke G, James RD, Müller S: "A hierarchy of plate models derived from nonlinear elasticity by Gamma-convergence". Arch. Rat. Mech. Analysis. 2006; 2: 183-236.


Friesecke G, Theil F: "Validity and failure of the Cauchy-Born hypothesis in a two-dimensional mass-spring lattice". J. Nonl. Sci. 2002; 12(5): 445-478.


Friesecke G, James RD, Müller S: "A Theorem on Geometric Rigidity and the Derivation of Nonlinear Plate Theory from Three-Dimensional Elasticity". Commun. Pure Appl. Math. 2002; LV: 1461-1506.


Friesecke G, Pego RL: "Solitary waves on Fermi-Pasta-Ulam lattices: I. Qualitative properties, renormalization and continuum limit". Nonlinearity. 1999; 12: 1601-1627.