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School of Mathematical Sciences

Dr Rainer Klages


Reader in Applied Mathematics

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 5448
Room Number: Mathematical Sciences Building, Room: MB-425
Office Hours: Tuesday 11.30h-12.30h online on . In urgent cases please ask by e-mail for an appointment.


Rainer spent several years as a postdoctoral researcher in the USA, Hungary, Belgium and Germany before moving to Queen Mary University of London in 2004 as a lecturer in applied mathematics. His research combines dynamical systems theory, nonequilibrium statistical physics and stochastic theory to understand complex systems, with applications to nanoscience and biology. He is interested in the emergence of fractal structures in chaotic transport processes such as diffusion. More recently he 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. His research in theoretical physics and applied mathematics thus stretches from mathematical foundations to experimental applications. For three years he was Director of Postgraduate Research Studies at the School of Mathematical Sciences. He is often teaching large first-year courses like Calculus. In 2019 he was on research leave at the Technical University of Berlin as a Mercator Visiting Professor.


Essential Mathematical Skills (foundation year)

Undergraduate Teaching

Calculus 2, Calculus 1, Differential Equations, Quantum Theory

Postgraduate Teaching

Introduction to Dynamical Systems (MSc), Applied Dynamical Systems (PhD)


Examples of research funding:

Office of Naval Research Global, Mercator Foundation, London Mathematical Laboratory, Max Planck Society, EPSRC, German Research Foundation, German Academic Exchange Service


selected publications:

Y.Sato, R.Klages, Anomalous diffusion in random dynamical systems, Phys. Rev. Lett. 122, 174101/1--6 (2019)
R.Klages, S.S.G.Gallegos, M.Sarvilahti, J.Solanpaa, E.Rasanen, Normal and anomalous diffusion in soft Lorentz gases, Phys. Rev. Lett. 122, 064102/1--5 (2019)
A. Cairoli, R. Klages, A. Baule, Weak Galilean invariance as a selection principle for coarse-grained diffusive models, PNAS 115, 5714-–5719 (2018)
F.Lenz, T.Ings, A.V.Chechkin, L.Chittka, R.Klages, Spatio-temporal dynamics of bumblebees foraging under predation risk, Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 098103/1--5 (2012)
R. Klages, G.Radons, I.M.Sokolov (Eds.), Anomalous transport (Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, July 2008), 584 pages;
P.Dieterich, R.Klages, R.Preuss, A.Schwab, Anomalous dynamics of cell migration, PNAS 105, 459--463 (2008)
R.Klages, Microscopic Chaos, Fractals and Transport in Nonequilibrium Statistical Mechanics, monograph, Advanced Series in Nonlinear Dynamics Vol.24 (World Scientific, Singapore, June 2007), 456 pages
R.Klages, J.R.Dorfman, Simple maps with fractal diffusion coefficients, Phys. Rev. Lett. 74, 387-390 (1995)


 5 postdocs, 5 PhD students, 16 masters students