Prof. Dr. (em.) Jens Frehse

E-mail: erdbeere(at)
Phone: +49 228 73 3133
Room: 4.04
Location: Mathematics Center
Institute: Institute for Applied Mathematics

Academic Career

1966 - 1969

Assistant Professor, University of Frankfurt

1969 - 1970

Postdoc, National Research Council (CNR), Rome, Italy


Habilitation, University of Frankfurt


DFG research, Pisa, Italy

1972 - 1973

Substitution Professor (C4), University of Heidelberg


Visiting Associate Professor, University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA

1973 - 2010

Professor (C4), University of Bonn

Since 2010

Professor Emeritus, University of Bonn

Research Profile

Mainly I consider myself as a specialist in regularity theory in the field of nonlinear elliptic and parabolic equations and variational inequalities. Besides the classical meaning, “regularity” may also mean “improved p-integrability” or “improved fractional differentiability” in situations where more regularity cannot be obtained (e.g. see my work on compressible fluids and elastic-plastic deformation with hardening). The equations considered come from continuum mechanics, fluid mechanics, Bellmann system to stochastic games. Euler equations to variational problems motivated by differential geometry. In the last two years, I developed, in collaboration with Miroslav Bulicek, several new weighted norm techniques which allow to treat a considerable broader class of variational problems with p-growth, and also stochastic differential games like Stackelberg games rather than Nash games. These techniques will be applied in the framework of mean field games in the sense of Lasry-Lions, furthermore for proving the long time existence of certain variational flows. A recent manuscript on the Prandtl Reuss problem (submitted) yields a new technique to obtain fractional derivatives of stress velocities. This improves the regularity theory of related problems in several directions.

Research Projects and Activities

DFG Collaborative Research Center SFB 611 “Singular Phenomena and Scaling in Mathematical Models”
Project leader (with S. Conti), “Analysis von Multikomponentensystemen”

DAAD Project “Stochastic Differential Games and Partial Differential Systems in Financial Markets”, Exchange program Hong Kong/Bonn

“Regularity theory for nonlinear elliptic and parabolic differential equations”

“Stationary compressible fluids”

“Long time behaviour of p-fluids”

“Regularity analysis for elastic perfect plastic deformations”

Selected Publications

[1] Miroslav Bul\'\icek, Jens Frehse
C^α-regularity for a class of non-diagonal elliptic systems with p-growth
Calc. Var. Partial Differential Equations , 43: (3-4): 441--462
DOI: 10.1007/s00526-011-0417-8
[2] J. Frehse, M. Steinhauer, W. Weigant
The Dirichlet problem for viscous compressible isothermal Navier-Stokes equations in two dimensions
Arch. Ration. Mech. Anal. , 198: (1): 1--12
DOI: 10.1007/s00205-010-0338-2
[3] J. Frehse, M. Steinhauer, W. Weigant
The Dirichlet problem for steady viscous compressible flow in three dimensions
J. Math. Pures Appl. (9) , 97: (2): 85--97
DOI: 10.1016/j.matpur.2009.06.005
[4] J. Frehse, M. Steinhauer, W. Weigant
On stationary solutions for 2-D viscous compressible isothermal Navier-Stokes equations
J. Math. Fluid Mech. , 13: (1): 55--63
DOI: 10.1007/s00021-009-0005-2
[5] Miroslav Bul\'\icek, Jens Frehse
On nonlinear elliptic Bellman systems for a class of stochastic differential games in arbitrary dimension
Math. Models Methods Appl. Sci. , 21: (1): 215--240
DOI: 10.1142/S0218202511005027
[6] Alain Bensoussan, Dominic Breit, Jens Frehse
Parabolic Bellman-systems with mean field dependence
Appl. Math. Optim. , 73: (3): 419--432
DOI: 10.1007/s00245-016-9344-6
[7] Lisa Beck, Miroslav Bul\'\icek, Jens Frehse
Old and new results in regularity theory for diagonal elliptic systems via blowup techniques
J. Differential Equations , 259: (11): 6528--6572
DOI: 10.1016/j.jde.2015.07.030
[8] Alain Bensoussan, Jens Frehse, Christine Grün
On a system of PDEs associated to a game with a varying number of players
Commun. Math. Sci. , 13: (3): 623--639
DOI: 10.4310/CMS.2015.v13.n3.a2
[9] Miroslav Bul\'\icek, Jens Frehse, Mark Steinhauer
On Hölder continuity of solutions for a class of nonlinear elliptic systems with p-growth via weighted integral techniques
Ann. Mat. Pura Appl. (4) , 194: (4): 1025--1069
DOI: 10.1007/s10231-014-0410-x
[10] Jens Frehse, Sebastian Schwarzacher
On regularity of the time derivative for degenerate parabolic systems
SIAM J. Math. Anal. , 47: (5): 3917--3943
DOI: 10.1137/141000725
[11] Jens Frehse, Josef Málek, Michael R\ocircuzicka
Large data existence result for unsteady flows of inhomogeneous shear-thickening heat-conducting incompressible fluids
Comm. Partial Differential Equations , 35: (10): 1891--1919
DOI: 10.1080/03605300903380746
[12] Jens Frehse, Maria Specovius-Neugebauer
Morrey estimates and Hölder continuity for solutions to parabolic equations with entropy inequalities
J. Reine Angew. Math. , 638: : 169--188
DOI: 10.1515/CRELLE.2010.006

Publication List

MathSciNet Publication List (external link)


• Asymptotic Analysis
• Zeitschrift Angewandte Analysis
• Differential Equations and Nonlinear Mechanics



French-German Humboldt Award

Selected Invited Lectures


Paseky, Czech Republic

2004 - 2010

Prague, Czech Republic



Offer of a Chair in Mathematics, FU Berlin


No habilitations in the last period.

Over 10 during my work at the university.

Selected PhD students

Liubov Khasina (2008): “Mathematische Behandlung von Mischungen elastoplastischer Substanzen”

Igor Huft (2008): “Einbettungen von logarithmischen Morrey-Räumen”

Dominique Löbach (2010): “Regularity analysis for problems of elastoplasticity with hardening”

Thomas Buch
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