# Barbara Niethammer

**Barbara Niethammer** (born 1967) is a German mathematician and materials scientist who works as a professor at the Hausdorff Center for Mathematics at the University of Bonn.^{[1]} Her research concerns partial differential equations for physical materials, and in particular the phenomenon of Ostwald ripening by which particles in liquids grow over time.

## Education and careerEdit

Niethammer completed her Ph.D. in 1996 at the University of Bonn, under the supervision of Hans Wilhelm Alt. Her dissertation was *Approximation of Coarsening Madels by Homogenization of a Stefan Problem*.^{[2]}

After postdoctoral research at the Courant Institute, she returned to Bonn for her habilitation in 2002, after which she became in 2003 a professor at the Humboldt University of Berlin. She moved to the University of Oxford in 2007, where she was a fellow of St Edmund Hall. In 2012 she returned as a professor to the University of Bonn.^{[1]}

## RecognitionEdit

Niethammer won the Richard von Mises Prize of the Gesellschaft für Angewandte Mathematik und Mechanik in 2003 for her work on Ostwald ripening,^{[3]} and the Whitehead Prize of the London Mathematical Society in 2011 "for her deep and rigorous contributions to material science, especially on the Lifshitz–Slyozov–Wagner and Becker–Doering equations".^{[4]}^{[5]}

She was an invited speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians in 2014.^{[6]}

## ReferencesEdit

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^{a}^{b}Faculty profile, Hausdorff Center for Mathematics, retrieved 2016-06-30. **^**Barbara Niethammer at the Mathematics Genealogy Project**^**Richard von Mises Laureates, GAMM, retrieved 2016-06-30.**^**List of LMS prize winners, retrieved 2016-06-30.**^**"Prizes of the London Mathematical Society" (PDF), Mathematics People,*Notices of the American Mathematical Society*,**58**(9): 1301, October 2011.**^**ICM Plenary and Invited Speakers since 1897, retrieved 2016-06-30.