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Development of theoretical and computational methods for studying thermodynamics of molecular systems


Research objectives and content
Detailed knowledge of thermodynamic data and equations of state is of central importance in chemistry and engineering. The objectives of this project are: (1) the development of general models to describe temperature and density dependence of thermodynamic functions and in general the construction of general equations of state; and (2) the development of more physical molecular simulation algorithms and new methods for free energy calculation by molecular simulation to obtain reliable thermodynamic data. As a basis for both we propose the recently developed
'quasi-Gaussian entropy theory', which is a Hamiltonian-free statistical mechanical description based on fluctuations in the system. Already for isochores the theory has proved to give an excellent description. Training content (objective, benefit and expected impact)
The project involves both the development of theoretical models and accurate molecular simulations. I think I can deepen my knowledge in both fields substantially, and especially the combination of the two and the engineering aspects will be very stimulating.
Links with industry / industrial relevance (22)
The group of prof. Di Nola is collaborating with ENEA for the application of the developed models on metastable 'solid' fluids, and ENEA will provide access to their (parallel) computers.

Funding Scheme

RGI - Research grants (individual fellowships)


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