Rainer Klagers LML External Fellow

Rainer Klages



My research combines dynamical systems theory, nonequilibrium statistical physics and stochastic theory to understand complex systems, with applications to nanoscience and biology. I spent several years as a postdoctoral researcher in the USA, Hungary, Belgium and Germany before moving as a lecturer to Queen Mary University of London in 2004. I am interested in the emergence of fractal structures in chaotic transport processes such as diffusion. More recently I started to apply the theory of anomalous stochastic processes to understand the foraging of biological organisms; examples are stochastic models of biological cell migration and bumblebee flights. My research in theoretical physics and applied mathematics thus stretches from mathematical foundations to experimental applications.

Website: http://www.maths.qmul.ac.uk/~klages

Positions Held

  • 2019 – Mercator Fellow at the Institute for Theoretical Physics, TU Berlin
  • 2018 – 2019 – Guest scientist at the Institute for Theoretical Physics, TU Berlin
  • 2017 – 2018 – Guest scientist at the Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of Cologne
  • 2015 – 2016 — Convenor of an Advanced Study Group and guest scientist at the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems (MPIPKS), Dresden
  • 2012 – 2015 —Director of Postgraduate Research Studies at the School of Mathematical Sciences, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL)
  • Since 2011 — Reader in Applied Mathematics at QMUL
  • 2004 – 2011 — Lecturer in Applied Mathematics at QMUL
  • 2000 – 2004 — Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow at the MPIPKS
  • 1997 – 2000 — Postdoc at the Center for Nonlinear Phenomena and Complex Systems, Free University of Brussels
  • 1997 – Postdoc at the Eoetvoes University, Budapest
  • 1996 – Postdoc at the Institute for Physical Science and Technology (IPST), University of Maryland, USA
  • 1992 – 1995 – Ph.D. Student at the Technical University Berlin and at the IPST

Selected Publications

  • R.Klages, W.Just, C.Jarzynski (Eds.), Nonequilibrium statistical physics of small systems: Fluctuation relations and beyond (Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, 2013), 428 pages
  • F.Lenz, T.Ings, A.V.Chechkin, L.Chittka, R.Klages, Spatio-temporal dynamics of bumblebees foraging under predation risk, Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 098103 (2012)
  • R. Klages, G.Radons, I.M.Sokolov (Eds.), Anomalous transport (Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, 2008), 584 pages
  • P.Dieterich, R.Klages, R.Preuss, A.Schwab, Anomalous dynamics of cell migration, PNAS 105, 459 (2008)
  • R.Klages, Microscopic Chaos, Fractals and Transport in Nonequilibrium Statistical Mechanics, Advanced Series in Nonlinear Dynamics Vol.24 (World Scientific, Singapore, 2007), 456 pages
  • R.Klages, J.R.Dorfman, Simple maps with fractal diffusion coefficients, Phys. Rev. Lett. 74, 387 (1995)

Prizes, Awards and Distinctions

  • 2019 Mercator Fellowship awarded from the German Research Foundation (DFG)
  • 2018 Distinguished Referee of Europhysics Letters
  • 2014 – 2019 Divisional Associate Editor for Physical Review Letters
  • Since 2013 scientific assessor for ARC (Australia), NOLTA (Japan), VQR (Italy) and DFG (Germany)
  • Since 2010 member of the EPSRC Peer Review College, grant panel member and co-chair
  • 2010 Outstanding Referee Award from the American Physical Society
  • 2008 QMUL University Contribution Reward
  • 1982 – 1986 five awards at a nationwide German Young Scientist Competition