Semester Offering: January

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.




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 Non-nanothermodynamics?


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, ISBN-13: 9781420048056


The final grade will be computed according to the following weight distribution: Mid-Term Exam (40%); Final Exam (60%). Closed-book examinations are usually given both in the mid-term and finals.