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Malte A. Peter

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Visiting Fellow
University of Augsburg
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Professor Malte A. Peter

Malte A. Peter is the Professor of Applied Analysis at the University of Augsburg in Germany.

His research is in mathematical modelling and simulation as well as analysis of partial differential equations with a focus on multiscale problems. He regularly collaborates with scientists from physics, chemistry and engineering on problems of continuum mechanics (fluids and solids), biophysics and the geosciences in particular. He is an expert in (periodic) homogenisation methods and their applications as well as (water-)wave–structure interaction problems.

Professor Peter received a master’s degree in mathematics with first class honours from Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand in 2003 with a thesis on water-wave interactions with floating elastic objects (modelling sea ice). The next year, he graduated as Diplom-Mathematiker with distinction from the University of Bremen, Germany, with a thesis on homogenisation of reaction–diffusion problems and seamlessly continued this work for his PhD with a scholarship of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation there, which he obtained at the end of 2006 with the highest possible mark summa cum laude. After his PhD, he filled postdoc positions, first in Bremen and then at the University of Auckland, before he took up a tenure-track professorship at the University of Augsburg in Germany in 2009. Ever since, he has been based at Augsburg, obtaining his habilitation degree in 2011, and he was tenured to full professor in 2013.

Recent projects include mathematical aspects of wave propagation through heterogeneous media, mechanical damage of materials with microstructure, degradation mechanisms in porous materials as well as physico-chemical processes in biological materials. Besides being head of the Research Unit Applied Analysis at Augsburg, he is currently Vice President for Innovation, Transfer and Alliances of the University of Augsburg and an associate editor of the SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics and of Springer Nature Scientific Reports.

Select publications

  • T. Lochner & M. A. Peter (2022) Identification of microstructural information from macroscopic boundary measurements in steady‐state linear elasticity. Mathematical Methods in the Applied Sciences, doi: 10.1002/mma.8581
  • A. J. Archer, H. A. Wolgamot, J. Orszaghova, L. G. Bennetts, M. A. Peter & R. V. Craster (2020) Experimental realization of broadband control of water-wave-energy amplification in chirped arrays. Physical Review Fluids 5, 062801(R), doi: 10.1103/physrevfluids.5.062801
  • M. H. Meylan, L. G. Bennetts, J. E. M. Mosig, W. E. Rogers, M. J. Doble & M. A. Peter (2018) Dispersion relations, power laws, and energy loss for waves in the marginal ice zone, Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans 123, 3322–3335, doi: 10.1002/2018jc013776
  • L. G. Bennetts, M. A. Peter & R. V. Craster (2018) Graded resonator arrays for spatial frequency separation and amplification of water waves. Journal of Fluid Mechanics 854, R4, doi:
  • M. H. Meylan, L. G. Bennetts & M. A. Peter (2017) Water-wave scattering and energy dissipation by a floating porous elastic plate in three dimensions. Wave Motion 70, 240–250, doi: 10.1016/j.wavemoti.2016.06.014
  • I. Graf & M. A. Peter (2014) Diffusion on surfaces and the boundary periodic unfolding operator with an application to carcinogenesis in human cells. SIAM Journal on Mathematical Analysis 46, 3025–3049, doi: 10.1137/130921015
  • M. A. Peter & M. Böhm (2008) Different choices of scaling in homogenization of diffusion and interfacial exchange in a porous medium. Mathematical Methods in the Applied Sciences 31, 1257–1282, doi: 10.1002/mma.966
  • M. A. Peter (2007) Homogenisation in domains with evolving microstructure. Comptes Rendus Mécanique 335, 357–362, doi: 10.1016/j.crme.2007.05.024

Select awards

  • Gavin Brown Prize of the Australian Mathematical Society, 2021
  • Bremer Studienpreis (Bremen Academic Prize) for the PhD dissertation, 2007 (Special Award of Rotary Club Bremen-Roland)
  • Admission to the German Academic Scholarship Foundation, 2001