Theme overview

Thermodynamics in chemical engineering is the study of the interrelation of heat and work with chemical reactions or with physical changes of state.

The Thermodynamics and Molecular Systems theme looks at the properties of atoms and molecules in order to better understand their structures and the microscopic interactions between them.

Their work combines knowledge and expertise from thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, molecular modelling, chemical physics and applied mathematics using sophisticated theoretical, computational and experimental techniques.

The research in this theme allows us to tackle multi-scale processes that are of central importance in many chemical engineering applications and to move continually over the various length and time scales. From the atom to the manufacturing level, the work ultimately provides solutions for industrially-relevant problems including optimal end-use product properties and optimal performance of manufacturing processes.

Example outcomes include the design of next generation of advanced functional materials, chemical and energy utilisation-conversion processes and lab-on-chip devices.

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