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# Jianfeng Lu

*Professor of Mathematics*

Jianfeng Lu is an applied mathematician interested in mathematical analysis and algorithm development for problems from computational physics, theoretical chemistry, materials science and other related fields.

More specifically, his current research focuses include:

Electronic structure and many body problems; quantum molecular dynamics; multiscale modeling and analysis; rare events and sampling techniques.

## Appointments and Affiliations

- Professor of Mathematics
- Professor of Physics
- Associate Professor of Chemistry

## Contact Information

**Office Location:**242 Physics Bldg, 120 Science Drive, Durham, NC 27708**Office Phone:**+1 919 660 2875**Email Address:**jianfeng@math.duke.edu**Websites:**

## Education

- Ph.D. Princeton University, 2009

## Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

- Feng Kang Prize of Scientific Computing. Chinese Academy of Sciences. 2023
- IMA Prize in Mathematics and its Applications. Institute of Mathematics and its Applications. 2017
- CAREER Award. National Science Foundation. 2015
- Sloan Research Fellowship. Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. 2013
- Porter Ogden Jacobus Fellowship. Princeton University. 2008

## Courses Taught

- PHYSICS 590: Selected Topics in Theoretical Physics
- MATH 690-70: Topics in Applied Mathematics
- MATH 690-60: Topics in Numerical Methods
- MATH 660: Numerical Partial Differential Equations
- MATH 631: Measure and Integration
- MATH 555: Ordinary Differential Equations
- MATH 493: Research Independent Study
- MATH 393: Research Independent Study
- MATH 391: Independent Study

## In the News

- Duke Awards 32 New Distinguished Professorships for 2024 (Mar 19, 2024 | Duke Today)
- Duke Announces 32 New Distinguished Professorships (Mar 19, 2024 | Duke Today)
- Pratt Researchers to Harness Computational Power to Solve Time-Intensive Calculations (Jul 10, 2015)
- Sloan Foundation Names Charbonneau, Lu as 2013 Research Fellows (Feb 15, 2013)

## Representative Publications

- Chen, Z; Lu, J; Lu, Y; Zhang, X,
*On the Convergence of Sobolev Gradient Flow for the Gross–Pitaevskii Eigenvalue Problem*, SIAM Journal on Numerical Analysis, vol 62 no. 2 (2024), pp. 667-691 [10.1137/23m1552553] [abs]. - Lu, J; Wu, Y; Xiang, Y,
*Score-based transport modeling for mean-field Fokker-Planck equations*, Journal of Computational Physics, vol 503 (2024) [10.1016/j.jcp.2024.112859] [abs]. - Chen, Z; Lu, J; Lu, Y; Zhang, X,
*Fully discretized Sobolev gradient flow for the Gross-Pitaevskii*(2024) [abs].

eigenvalue problem - Zhou, M; Lu, J,
*Solving Time-Continuous Stochastic Optimal Control Problems: Algorithm*(2024) [abs].

Design and Convergence Analysis of Actor-Critic Flow - Lang, Q; Lu, J,
*Learning Memory Kernels in Generalized Langevin Equations*(2024) [abs].