Jan Vermant: Catalogue data in Spring Semester 2020

Name Prof. Dr. Jan Vermant
FieldSoft Materials
Professur für Weiche Materialien
ETH Zürich, HCI H 503
Vladimir-Prelog-Weg 1-5/10
8093 Zürich
Telephone+41 44 633 33 55
RelationshipFull Professor

327-0410-00LProjects in Statistical Thermodynamics Restricted registration - show details
Planned to be offered for the last time in FS 2021.
2 credits2SJ. Vermant, P. Derlet
AbstractIndependent study of selected topics in statistical thermodynamics (small projects with presentations)
Objective(1) Supplement to and illustration of the course "Foundations of Materials Physics A"
(2) Deeper understanding by independent study of selected topics in statistical thermodynamics (small projects with presentations)
Content1. Thermal Engines.
2. Boltzmann- life and work.
3. Phase Diagrams of Multicomponent Systems.
4. How does a fuel cell work?
5. Magnetic Systems: the Ising Model.
6. The Gibbs-Thomson effect or "how difficult it is to be small".
7. Diffusion in fluids and soft solids: Fluctuations and motion.
8. Elastic response of soft solids: Entropic vs energetic elasticity.
9. The ant in the labyrinth: A first approach to diffusion and transport in disordered media.
10. Up or down? Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics illustrated for two-state systems.
11. Real solids: Thermodynamics in equilibrium.
12. Batteries: Kinetics and irreversible thermodynamics.
327-2201-00LTransport Phenomena II5 credits4GJ. Vermant
AbstractNumerical and analytical methods for real-world "Transport Phenomena"; atomistic understanding of transport properties based on kinetic theory and mesoscopic models; fundamentals, applications, and simulations
ObjectiveThe teaching goals of this course are on five different levels:
(1) Deep understanding of fundamentals: kinetic theory, mesoscopic models, ...
(2) Ability to use the fundamental concepts in applications
(3) Insight into the role of boundary conditions
(4) Knowledge of a number of applications
(5) Flavor of numerical techniques: finite elements, lattice Boltzmann, ...
ContentThermodynamics of Interfaces
Interfacial Balance Equations
Interfacial Force-Flux Relations
Polymer Processing
Transport Around a Sphere
Refreshing Topics in Equilibrium Statistical Mechanics
Kinetic Theory of Gases
Kinetic Theory of Polymeric Liquids
Transport in Biological Systems
Dynamic Light Scattering
Lecture notesThe course is based on the book D. C. Venerus and H. C. Öttinger, A Modern Course in Transport Phenomena (Cambridge University Press, 2018)
Literature1. D. C. Venerus and H. C. Öttinger, A Modern Course in Transport Phenomena (Cambridge University Press, 2018)
2. R. B. Bird, W. E. Stewart, and E. N. Lightfoot, Transport Phenomena, 2nd Ed. (Wiley, 2001)
3. Deen,W. Analysis of Transport Phenomena, Oxford University Press, 2012
4. R. B. Bird, Five Decades of Transport Phenomena (Review Article), AIChE J. 50 (2004) 273-287
Prerequisites / NoticeComplex numbers. Vector analysis (integrability; Gauss' divergence theorem). Laplace and Fourier transforms. Ordinary differential equations (basic ideas). Linear algebra (matrices; functions of matrices; eigenvectors and eigenvalues; eigenfunctions). Probability theory (Gaussian distributions; Poisson distributions; averages; moments; variances; random variables). Numerical mathematics (integration). Statistical thermodynamics (Gibbs' fundamental equation; thermodynamic potentials; Legendre transforms; Gibbs' phase rule; ergodicity; partition functions; Einstein's fluctuation theory). Linear irreversible thermodynamics (forces and fluxes; Fourier's, Newton's and Fick's laws for fluxes). Hydrodynamics (local equilibrium; balance equations for mass, momentum, energy and entropy). Programming and simulation techniques (Matlab, Monte Carlo simulations).