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Special Issue "150th Anniversary of Gibbs Publication of Geometrical Thermodynamics"

A special issue of Entropy (ISSN 1099-4300). This special issue belongs to the section "Thermodynamics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2023 | Viewed by 1168

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Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Riverside, CA 92521, USA
Interests: molecular thermodynamics; liquid-state theory; statistical thermodynamics
Department of Chemical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA 16801, USA
Interests: statistical thermodynamics; generalized statistical mechanics; population dynamics
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Department of Physics, University of Algarve, 8005-139 Faro, Portugal
Interests: chemical thermodynamics; phase transitions; percolation transitions; colloid science; molecular theory of liquids
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

With this Special Issue, we celebrate 150 years of Gibbs free energy and geometric approach to thermodynamics. Thermodynamics received the modern nice form in the works of Josiah Willard Gibbs. In his first paper, “A method of geometrical representation of the thermodynamic properties of substances by means of surfaces” (1873), Gibbs developed geometric approach to thermodynamics, defined thermodynamic equilibrium as a critical point of G=U-TS+PV (δG=0) and stable equilibrium as a minimizer of G (in modern notations). He revealed deep geometric nature and beaty of thermodynamic laws. It is well-known that J.C. Maxwell was so impressed by the Gibbs methods that he made a sculptur model of thermodynamics properties of water.

For decades, the works of Gibbs have remained brilliant examples of research and a source of inspiration. This approach was also very practical and served as theoretical basis for development of industrial chemistry.

To celebrate 150 years of Gibbs free energy and geometric thermodynaimcs we invite submissions with new ideas and bold paradigm-shifting research in thermodynamics and related topics with special attention to the ideas of universality and geometric methods in thermodynamics. New applications from biology to astrophysics, neuroscience, and data analysis are also welcome. Historical reviews may also be submitted. 

Prof. Dr. JianZhong Wu
Prof. Dr. Themis Matsoukas
Prof. Dr. Alexander Gorban
Prof. Dr. Leslie Woodcock
Guest Editors

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  • free energy
  • foundations of thermodynamics
  • geometric methods
  • new methods
  • non-classical applications
  • contact geometry in physics
  • convex geometry in physics
  • new applications of thermodynamics
  • thermodynamics of brain
  • thermodynamics of artificial intelligence
  • thermodynamics of big data
  • thermodynamics of computing

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Kinetics of Precipitation Processes at Non-Zero Input Fluxes of Segregating Particles
Entropy 2023, 25(2), 329; https://doi.org/10.3390/e25020329 - 10 Feb 2023
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We consider the process of formation and growth of clusters of a new phase in segregation processes in solid or liquid solutions in an open system when segregating particles are added continuously to it with a given rate of input fluxes, Φ. [...] Read more.
We consider the process of formation and growth of clusters of a new phase in segregation processes in solid or liquid solutions in an open system when segregating particles are added continuously to it with a given rate of input fluxes, Φ. As shown here, the value of the input flux significantly affects the number of supercritical clusters formed, their growth kinetics, and, in particular, the coarsening behavior in the late stages of the process. The detailed specification of the respective dependencies is the aim of the present analysis, which combines numerical computations with an analytical treatment of the obtained results. In particular, a treatment of the coarsening kinetics is developed, allowing a description of the development of the number of clusters and their average sizes in the late stages of the segregation processes in open systems, which goes beyond the scope of the classical Lifshitz, Slezov and Wagner theory. As is also shown, in its basic ingredients, this approach supplies us with a general tool for the theoretical description of Ostwald ripening in open systems, or systems where the boundary conditions, like temperature or pressure, vary with time. Having this method at one’s disposal supplies us with the possibility that conditions can be theoretically tested, leading to cluster size distributions that are most appropriate for desired applications. Full article
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