Levich Institute Seminar Announcement, 11/16/2010
Tuesday, 11/16/2010
2:00 PM
Steinman Hall, Room #312
(Chemical Engineering Conference Room)

Dr. Adrian Baule, Levich Fellow
Levich Institute
City College of CUNY

"The Statistical Mechanics of Driven Nonequilibrium Systems: Theoretical Approaches"


In modeling statistical systems away from thermal equilibrium one usually starts with a definition of the microscopic dynamics, e.g., in terms of transition rates, and then derives the resulting macroscopic behavior. In the main part of this talk I address the inverse question for a class of steady state systems, namely complex fluids under continuous shear flow: how does an externally imposed shear current affect the microscopic dynamics of the complex fluid? Based on a nonequilibrium ensemble theory one can formulate the answer as exact relations for the transition rates in the nonequilibrium steady state. These relations can be considered as a nonequilibrium counterpart to the principle of detailed balance. Furthermore, I discuss a stochastic model for self-propulsion on a featureless track, which serves as a unifying model for the propulsion mechanism of various motor proteins.

  • 2010 - Present Levich Fellow, Levich Institute, City College of CUNY
  • 2008 - 2010 Post-doc: Center for Studies in Physics and Biology, The Rockefeller University, Advisor: E. G. D. Cohen
  • 2008 PhD: Department of Physics, University of Leeds (UK) Advisors: R. M. L. Evans and P. D. Olmsted.


Foundations of nonequilibrium statistical mechanics; phase transitions in driven soft matter; transport in biological systems; anomalous diffusion