Levich Institute Seminar Announcement,
11/16/2010 |

Tuesday, 11/16/20102:00 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" |

ABSTRACTIn 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. BRIEF ACADEMIC/EMPLOYMENT HISTORY- 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.
RECENT RESEARCH INTERESTS: Foundations of nonequilibrium statistical mechanics; phase transitions in driven soft matter; transport in biological systems; anomalous diffusion |