Elena Pulvirenti


I am an Assistant Professor in the Applied Probability group, at Delft Institute of Applied Mathematics (DIAM), TU Delft.

My research interests are mathematical statistical mechanics and probability, with a particular focus on

  • Metastability for birth and death processes, potential theoretic approach to metastability, variational principles for capacity, large deviation theory;

  • Metastability for Glauber dynamics on random graphs;

  • Equilibrium phase transitions of continuum interacting particle systems with Kac potentials;

  • Cluster and Mayer expansions.

Publications and preprints

  • A. Bovier, F. den Hollander, S. Marello, E. Pulvirenti, M. Slowik "Metastability of Glauber dynamics with inhomogeneous coupling disorder", preprint arXiv:2209.09827 [math.PR].

  • A. Bovier, S. Marello, E. Pulvirenti, "Metastability for the dilute Curie-Weiss model with Glauber dynamics", Electron. J. Probab. 26 1 - 38, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1214/21-EJP610

  • F. den Hollander, S. Jansen, R. Kotecký, E. Pulvirenti, "The Widom-Rowlinson model: Mesoscopic fluctuations for the critical droplet", preprint arXiv: 1907.00453 [math-ph].

  • E. Pulvirenti, D. Tsagkarogiannis, "Phase transitions and coarse graining for a system of particles in the continuum", P. Goncalves and A. J. Soares (eds.), From Particle Systems to Partial Differential Equations: Particle Systems and PDEs III, Springer Proceedings in Mathematics & Statistics, Vol.162, 263--283, 2016 (link, arXiv 1512.00781).

  • E. Pulvirenti, D. Tsagkarogiannis, "Finite Volume Corrections and Decay of Correlations in the Canonical Ensemble", J. Stat. Phys. 159, Issue 5, 1017--1039, 2015 (link).

  • E. Pulvirenti, D. Tsagkarogiannis, "Cluster Expansion in the Canonical Ensemble", Commun. Math. Phys. 316, 289--306, 2012 (link).

Papers in preparation

  • "The Widom-Rowlinson model: Microscopic fluctuations for the critical droplet and effective interface model", manuscript in preparation (with F. den Hollander, S. Jansen, R. Kotecký)

  • "The Widom-Rowlinson model: Metastability", manuscript in preparation (with F. den Hollander, S. Jansen, R. Kotecký)

PhD thesis

"Phase transitions and coarse graining for a system of particles in the continuum", Università degli Studi Roma Tre, Rome, April 2013 (link).


Young Women in Mathematical Physics (co-organized with Alessia Nota), Bonn, 24 - 26 September 2018

Participation as invited speaker

Short CV

  • TU Delft, Netherlands (Assistant Professor, since Sep 2020)

  • University of Bonn, Germany (Postdoc, Oct 2016 - Aug 2020)

  • Maternity leave (Oct 2017 - Jun 2018)

  • Leiden Mathematisch Instituut, Netherlands (Postdoc, Oct 2013 - Oct 2016)

  • Archimedes Center for Modeling, Analysis and Computation, Department of Applied Mathematics, University of Crete, Greece (Postdoc, May - Sep 2013)

  • Hausdorff Research Institute for Mathematics, Bonn (May 2012 - Aug 2012): Trimester program "Mathematical challenges of materials science and condensed matter physics: From quantum mechanics through statistical mechanics to nonlinear pde"

  • Università degli Studi Roma Tre, Rome (PhD in Mathematics, Oct 2009 - Apr 2013)

  • Sapienza Università di Roma, Rome (MSc in Physics, Oct 2006 - Jul 2009)

A more detailed CV can be found here (updated 14.10.2020).

Contact information


Mekelweg 4

2628 CD Delft

E-mail: E.Pulvirenti@tudelft.nl