Xavier Ros Oton receives European Research Council grant to research key equations for science and engineering
With a 1.6-million-euro funding, Ros Oton's project will address the theoretical study of partial differential equations. "These are equations that play a fundamental role in almost all sciences and engineering, and have been used in physics for more than 250 years", says the mathematician, who explains: "I seek to understand the mathematical properties of these equations and, in particular, the possible singularities that the solutions may develop".
Once the project is completed, "some mathematical questions that have been open for decades" will have been answered, says Ros Oton. One of the areas to be studied will be the concept of diffusion
in physics, which appears in the description of heat or the evolution of gases, among other phenomena.
In this call for Consolidator Grants, a total of 308 researchers have been selected for an overall funding of 657 million euros. The countries with the most grants were Germany (66), the Netherlands (36), France (23) and Spain (23).
Interview with Xavier Ros-Oton: