James H. Nolen

James H. Nolen
  • Associate Professor of Mathematics
External address: 243 Physics Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: Box 90320, Durham, NC 27708-0320
Phone: (919) 660-2862
Office Hours: 

Mondays, 10:30-12:00
Wednesdays, 2:00-3:30

Research Areas and Keywords

partial differential equations, probability, asymptotic analysis, homogenization
Biological Modeling
asymptotic analysis
PDE & Dynamical Systems
reactive diffusion equations & applications, homogenization of partial differential equations, random media, asymptotic analysis
Physical Modeling
asymptotic analysis
homogenization of partial differential equations, stochastic dynamical systems, random media, asymptotic analysis

I study partial differential equations and probability, which have been used to model many phenomena in the natural sciences and engineering. In some cases, the parameters for a partial differential equation are known only approximately, or they may have fluctuations that are best described statistically. So, I am especially interested in differential equations modeling random phenomena and whether one can describe the statistical properties of solutions to these equations.  Asymptotic analysis has been a common theme in much of my research.  Current research interests include: reaction diffusion equations, homogenization of PDEs, stochastic dynamics, interacting particle systems.

Education & Training
  • Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin 2006

  • B.S., Davidson College 2000

Fellowships, Supported Research, & Other Grants

NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowship awarded by National Science Foundation (2006 to 2008)

Boye, D, Silversmith, A, Nolen, J, Rumney, L, Shaye, D, Smith, B, and Brewer, K. "Red-to-green up-conversion in Er-doped SiO2 and SiO2–TiO2 sol–gel silicate glasses." Journal of Luminescence 94-95 (December 2001): 279-282. Full Text

Nolen, JH, Cohn, S, Iyer, G, and Pego, R. "Anomalous diffusion in one and two dimensional combs(Submitted).".