Prof.dr. Frank den Hollander
Email: denholla at math.leidenuniv.nl
Frank den Hollander received a PhD in Mathematical Physics from Leiden
University in 1985. He subsequently held positions in the mathematics
departments of the universities of Delft, Utrecht, Nijmegen and Eindhoven.
During the period 2000-2005 he was scientific director of EURANDOM
in Eindhoven. In 2005 he returned to Leiden, where he currently is professor
of Probability Theory. He is (co-)author of 3 monographs and 150 research
papers, has supervised 10 graduate students and 30 postdocs, has served
on many national and international scientific advisory boards, and is
member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences. In 2011 he was awarded
an ERC Advanced Grant.
The research of Frank den Hollander focuses on systems consisting of a large
number of random components that interact with each other locally yet exhibit
a global dependence, resulting in phase transitions and associated critical
behavior. Typically, the components of these systems are subject to a simple
microscopic dynamics. The challenge lies in understanding the complex
macroscopic phenomena that arise from this dynamics. Systems of interest
include polymer chains, interacting particle systems, porous media, random
processes in random media, and complex networks.