Focus areas

Biothermodynamics

The description of biological systems with the help of thermodynamic quantities under theoretical as well as experimental aspects will be one of the focus areas. Apart from general aspects, biocalorimetry and thermodynamics of microbial solutions will be addressed in presentations.

 

Thermodynamics at Small Scales

Thermodynamics in the range of single molecules up to mesoscopic systems will be discussed here. Mesoscopic, non-equilibrium systems show a different behavior than macroscopic or equilibrium systems. Statistical methods are often used to investigate the properties of systems at small scales.

 

Radiation Thermodynamics

Transport of energy via radiation, for instance in the atmosphere, is of great importance in a detailed description of non-equilibrium thermodynamic pro­cesses. Theoretical descriptions, including entropy production and temperature distribution, as well as the necessary experimental measurements will be addressed with a special focus on atmospheric processes.

 

Optimizing Thermodynamic Processes

The knowledge and the ability to control thermo­dynamic systems allows to optimize processes. Applications in various fields are possible, reaching from technical to biological systems. There are different non-equilibrium descriptions, which can be used for optimization, such as finite-time and endo‚Äčreversible thermodynamics that will be discussed.