Special Issue "Optimized Entropic Pathways"
A special issue of Entropy (ISSN 1099-4300).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2019).
Interests: thermodynamics of transformations; solidification; process metallurgy; systems engineering at very high temperatures; pattern formation; complex airplanes; principles of spontaneous self-reorganization
Interests: thermoelectrics; thermomagnetic transport; topological materials; materials and devices for energy conversion
Summary: In quantifying changed thermodynamic properties, the shape or form is currently being recognized as equally important as the magnitude of the changed property itself. Pathway selections lead to transport manipulation and new patterns. Thus, the pathway of a thermodynamic change or a steady-state behavior is important as it is the genesis of morphology and also novel properties. In ductile solid-state materials engineering, properties such as the yield strength are more related to the shape (the grain shape and curvature) than to the bond strength. Similarly, for biological, chemical, and nuclear reactions, the reaction pathway often influences the applications of the final reaction products. Non-equilibrium pathways for synthesis or imposed steady-state, non-equilibrium conditions during the synthesis and use of new materials are increasingly becoming recognized as useful drivers for obtaining a critical energy objective in critical applications that span plasma engineering, thermoelectrics, thermomagnetics, photonics/plasmonics, and inter-planetary propulsion methods. One of the main pathway selection variables is the rate of entropy generation. Biomimetic and geological understanding is sometimes very useful for recognizing patterns across several length scales that may form during the synthesis of materials by non-equilibrium processes at a completely different scale.
History: Théophile deDonder (1872–1957) recognized the need for a new thermodynamic principle that would allow for the prediction of pathways for spontaneous behavior in entropy-generating chemical reactions. The understanding of time-dependent thermodynamics and patterns was further advanced by Emmy Noether (1882–1935), Lev Landau (1908–1968), Alan Turing (1912–1954), Srinivasa Ramanujan (1887–1920), Boris Belousov (1893–1970), Ilya Prigogine (1917–2003), J. W. Gibbs (1839–1903), and Lars Onsager (1903-–1976), among several others. The search for a fundamental principle that can explain the evolution of shapes (dynamics) and impact the rate of transport utilizes the entropy production/generation rate maximization (MEPR) as a principle. Several non-equilibrium processes and microstructures have already become the impetus for useful new technologies in physics, reaction chemistry/engineering, surface engineering, microstructure prediction, and general transport phenomena.
Solicitation: Articles that are related to novel transport pathways or new shapes, including quasicrystals, quasi-random phenomena, topographical evolution, self-organization behavior, topology, Markov process applications for non-steady-state calculations, novel device manufacture for power transfer, or for the optimization of other important objectives are solicited for this issue. Articles are also invited that offer biomimetic or geological comparisons for the synthesis and properties of composite materials.
Prof. Dr. Jainagesh Sekhar
Dr. Sarah Watzman
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Entropy is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- entropic pathways
- optimized objectives in energy transport
- morphological evolution
- biological, chemical, nuclear, and surface reactions
- plasma engineering
- thermoelectric transport and materials
- topological transport
- thermomagnetic transport, surface engineering, photonics/plasmonics and inter-planetary propulsion, novel/non-equilibrium synthesis, entropy generation calculations