Dr Carlos Braga
PhD Materials Modelling, University of Sheffield, UK (advisors: Prof Karl Travis); MS Chemical Engineering, University of Porto, Portugal
I have completed my PhD in Materials Science at the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom, under the supervision of Dr Karl Travis. There were two topics driving my PhD research. The first topic concerned the study of molecular structure on the rheological behaviour of different liquids. The second topic was on the study of the response of atomistic systems when these are driven out of equilibrium. In particular, I studied the calculation of transport properties using non equilibrium molecular dynamics and I worked on the development of new methods that generate dynamics in different thermodynamic ensembles.
Broadly, my research interests are in the statistical mechanical description of physical processes at the molecular level. These include interfacial phenomena, non equilibrium simulation of dissipative processes, molecular hydrodynamics and the study of transport properties of heterogeneous fluids. I have a particular interest in the application of theories of fluctuations to nanoscale systems and in non equilibrium molecular dynamics simulation methods.
My research in the Complex Multiphase Systems Group concerns the atomistic description of liquid interfaces and their use to understand the dynamics of a moving contact line. A significant part of this research is the study of the contact line at the molecular level.