Thierry De Pauw

Professor of mathematics


My research interest is mathematical analysis. I specialise in Geometric Measure Theory, a branch of fundamental mathematics of which the paradigm is the Plateau problem. It consists in studying the geometrical complexity of soap films and soap bubbles, including those in infinite dimensional spaces.

I grew up in Brussels, Belgium. I am currently a Distinguished Professor at East China Normal University, on leave of absence from the Université Paris Diderot – Paris 7, and Honorary Maître de Recherches at the F.N.R.S., Belgium. I worked at University College London, England ; Université Paris-Sud in Orsay, France ; Rice University in Houston, Texas ; Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium ; and NYU Shanghai University.


1977 – 1983
Institut Champagnat, Schaerbeek, Belgium
Primary school

1983 – 1989
Institut Saint-Louis, Bruxelles, Belgium
Secondary school

1989 – 1998
Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium
B.S. and PhD in mathematics


Measure Theory
Hausdorff and integral geometric measures

Geometric Variational Problems
Integral currents and flat chains

Nonabsolutely Convergent Integration
Henstock, Kurzweil, Pfeffer

o-Minimal Geometry
Metric theory


School of Mathematical Sciences
East China Normal University

500 DongChuang Road
Shanghai 200062

Office : 217 (Statistics Building, Minhang campus)

email : thdepauw at math dot ecnu dot edu dot cn