Maxime Van de Moortel

I am an Instructor in the Mathematics departement at Princeton University.

I got my Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in May 2019 under the supervision of Jonathan Luk. My thesis can be found here.

Mailing Address:
Fine Hall
Department of Mathematics
Washington Road
Princeton NJ 08544-1000

Office: Fine Hall 1107
E-mail: mmoortel AT princeton DOT edu

Research Interests:

Nonlinear partial differential equations, General Relativity, Mathematical physics

Papers and Preprints:

  1. (With Jonathan Luk) Non-linear interaction of three impulsive gravitational waves for the Einstein equations under polarised U(1) symmetry, in preparation.
  2. Mass inflation and the C2-inextendibility of spherically symmetric charged scalar field dynamical black holes.
  3. The breakdown of weak null singularities inside black holes.
  4. Decay of weakly charged solutions for the spherically symmetric Maxwell-Charged-Scalar-Field equations on a Reissner-Nordstrom exterior space-time.
  5. Stability and instability of the sub-extremal Reissner-Nordstrom black hole interior for the Einstein-Maxwell-Klein-Gordon equations in spherical symmetry, Commun. Math. Phys. (2018) 360: 103.

Invited Talks:

  • June 2020 : Conference on Mathematical General Relativity, Institut Henri Poincare.
  • April 2020 : PDE seminar, Brown University.
  • March 2020 : Gravity initiative seminar, Princeton University.
  • October 2019 : Mathematical Physics seminar, Rutgers University.
  • September 2019 : AMS Sectional Meeting, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • November 2018 : Cambridge Center for Analysis Seminar, University of Cambridge.
  • November 2018 : Junior Analysis Seminar, Imperial College London.
  • November 2018 : DAMTP Friday General Relativity Seminar, University of Cambridge.
  • October 2018 : Analysis Seminar, Princeton University.
  • September 2018 : Partial Differential Equations Seminar, Instituto Superior Tecnico, Universidade de Lisboa.
  • April 2018 : AMS Sectional Meeting, Portland State University.
  • March 2018 : OxBridge PDE Conference, University of Cambridge.
  • March 2018 : Seminar on General Relativity, Laboratoire Jacques-Louis Lions, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie.
  • April 2017 : ICMS joint CDT Colloquium, University of Edinburgh.
  • May 2017 : Student analysis seminar, Stanford University.

  • Teaching:

  • Spring term 2020: Course head and instructor for Math429, Topics in Analysis: Distribution Theory, PDE & Basic Inequalities of Analysis, at Princeton University.
  • Fall term 2019: Course instructor for Math201, multivariable calculus, at Princeton University.
  • Michaelmas (Fall) term 2018 : Course supervisor, University of Cambridge. Supervisions for the Part II class "Probability and Measure".
  • August 2015 : Teaching assistant, Schiller University, Paris campus. Design of course material and problem sets in the Summer School "Advanced Mathematics in English" at Schiller University.

  • Positions:

  • September 2019- : Instructor, Princeton University, Princeton, United-States.
  • May 2019-August 2019 : Research Associate, Imperial College London, London, United-Kingdom.

  • Education:

  • 2015-2019 : PhD student at the Cambridge Center for Analysis, affilated to the Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics , Cambridge, United-Kingdom.
  • 2016-2018 : Visiting student at Stanford University, California, United-States.
  • 2013-2016 : BSc and MSc in Engineering, Ecole Centrale Paris , Chatenay-Malabry, France (now Centrale-Supelec, Gif-sur-Yvette).
  • 2014-2015 : Master 1 in pure and applied Mathematics , Universite Paris-Sud XI, Orsay, France (now Universite Paris-Saclay).
  • 2013-2014 : BSc in pure and applied Mathematics, Universite Paris-Sud XI, Orsay, France (now Universite Paris-Saclay).
  • 2010-2013 : Classes preparatoires at Lycee Condorcet, Paris, France.

  • Awards :

  • September 2015-September 2019 : EPSRC Ph.D. scholarship.
  • January 2017 : Smith-Knight & Rayleigh-Knight Prizes 2017 essay competition, Grade 2 indicating "a very good essay that contains original results that are sufficient for a publication of high quality."
  • July 2015 : Centrale talents , awarded to the best five to eight students of Ecole Centrale Paris out of 1200 for their exceptional achievements.

  • Outreach Talks:

  • February 2017 : ``An overview of mathematical general relativity: how wave equations enlighten the theory of Black Holes'', Kiddie Colloquium, Stanford University.
  • April 2016 : ``Space-time, waves and black holes: how determinism in General Relativity can be addressed by the theory of wave equations'', Research days talk at Robinson College, University of Cambridge.
  • September 2015 : ``Why should you love Maths?'', talk given at Notre-Dame high-school, Mantes-la-Jolie, France.
  • August 2015 : ``Why should you love Maths?'', talk given at Schiller University, Paris.