Special Issue "Nanoscale Thermodynamics"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2020) | Viewed by 12939
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Interests: nonequilibrium thermodynamic theory, as applied to batteries, fuel cells, interface transport, and small systems
This Special Issue focusses on the theory of energy conversion on the nanoscale with the aim of addressing the following questions and aspects related to them: How far down in scale can we really use classical Gibbs thermodynamics? Which theory can be used beyond the limit where classical thermodynamics ceases to apply? It is known that confinement changes the equation of the state of a fluid, but does confinement also change the equilibrium condition itself? How do we formulate the equilibrium conditions on the nanoscale?
It is now 56 years since Hill formulated his theory “Thermodynamics of Small Systems”, also called nanothermodynamics. This involved the derivation of a systematic method to deal with systems, which are no longer extensive, but it can be said that his theories have not really caught on. Therefore, development of a thermodynamic theory for the nanoscale appears to be needed.
This Special Issue aims to have a fresh look at why this is so through a review of what has happened since Hill’s method became available and by seeking to (re-)define new lines of research using this platform or choosing another platform. We invite authors to submit papers that can contribute to the advancement of nanothermodynamics using theoretical, computational, or experimental tools. The focus is on efforts that support or validate theoretical developments on the nanoscale, the scale of molecular clusters, where surface energies dominate.
Prof. Dr. Signe Kjelstrup
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- thermodynamic properties of small systems
- Hill’s thermodynamics
- small size effects
- properties of nanoporous media
- curved interfaces
- environmental control variables
- scaling laws
- confined fluids