

Semester Offering:  




This course is necessary to introduce students into the realms of the application of classical thermodynamic rules to nanostructures. It is theoretically a new area of thermodynamics a thermodynamics that supposedly describes the behavior of nanomaterials better than does traditional thermodynamics.




Thermodynamics, Nanothermodynamics, Classical Equilibrium Thermodynamics, Statistical Mechanics, Other Kinds of Thermodynamics, entropy.




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I. Thermodynamics and Nanothermodynamics 1. Background 2. The Nano Perspective II. Classical Equilibrium Thermodynamics 1. Extensive and Intensive Properties and State Functions 2. The System, Its Surroundings, and Equilibrium 3. Laws of Thermodynamics 4. Fundamental Equations of Thermodynamics 5. Equilibrium Constant and Reaction Kinetics III. Statistical Mechanics 1. Microstates and Macrostates 2. Canonical Ensembles 3. Energy (Molecular) Partition Functions IV. Other Kinds of Thermodynamics 1. The Onsager Relations 2. Nonequilibrium Thermodynamics 3. The Concept of Pseudoequilibrium 4. Cellular and Subcellular Systems V. Nanothermodynamics Background 1. Application of Classical Thermodynamics 2. Small System Thermodynamics VI. Modern Nanothermodynamics 1. Nonextensivity and Nonintensivity 2. Nanothermodynamics of a Single Molecule 3. Modeling Nanomaterials 4. Modern Nonnanothermodynamics?


Learning Resources:  


Introduction to NanoScience, (CRC Press of Taylor and Francis Group LLC), by G. Louis Hornyak, Joydeep Dutta, Harry F. Tibbals and Anil K. Rao May 2008, 856pp, ISBN13: 9781420048056




The final grade will be computed according to the following weight distribution: MidTerm Exam (40%); Final Exam (60%). Closedbook examinations are usually given both in the midterm and finals.

