Martí-Franquès COFUND Fellowship Programme


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Engineering and Architecture

Supervisor name and surname:

Josep Bonet Avalos

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Co-supervisor name and surname:

Allan D. Mackie

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PhD programme:

Nanoscience, Materials and Chemical Engineering

Title of the research project:

Particulate models for fluid mesoscopic simulations

Description of the research project:

Mesoscopic heat transport can be found in miniaturized systems such as molecular motors, microelectronic devices, but also in reactive fronts and interfaces. Large temperature gradients (10E6-10E8 K/m) may induce strong couplings between non-equilibrium processes which are of paramount importance in the understanding and the modelling of energy transfer at the nano-scale [1].
The Lagrangian description of fluid dynamics and heat transport is particularly useful when free and mobile interfaces are present [2]. Bottom-up methods, such as the Dissipative Particle Dynamics with energy conservation (DPDE), are suitable for coarse-graining from molecular simulations. DPDE was introduced by the URV team [3], and has been recently extensively applied [4]. At present, a generalised DPDE can describe microscopically complex systems [5].
The main objective of this thesis is to propose an analysis of the heat transport in systems of interest, using the Generalised DPDE model. Several fundamental questions need to be solved, involving the formulation of fluctuating thermodynamics of smalls systems as well as the impact of the coarse-graining from direct molecular simulations [6]. Such a scale analysis should provide the variation of the model parameters, for both reversible as well as dissipative interactions, as functions of the coarse-graining, from low levels near the molecular world dominated by fluctuations, to large coarse-graining levels, where the fluctuations are subdominant. This approach will provide the lacking crossover between molecular simulations, the generalised DPDE mesoscale dynamics and the macroscopic SPH for fluid dynamics.

[1] G. Casati, Nature Nanotechnology 2, 23 (2007); M. Hu, et al., Appl. Phys. Lett. 95, 151903 (2009); H. Acharya, et al., Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 51, 1767 (2012).
[2] J. J. Monaghan, Rep. Prog. Phys. 68, 1703 (2005); A. Colagrossi, D. Durante, J. B. Avalos, A. Souto-Iglesias, Phys. Rev. E 96 (2017), 023101, doi:10.1103/PhysRevE.96.023101; J. B. Avalos, M. Antuono, A. Colagrossi, A. Souto-Iglesias, Phys. Rev. E 101 (2020), 013302, doi10.1103/PhysRevE.101.013302
Ethics: This project does not involve ethical aspects.

Workplace location: Campus Sescelades, Tarragona

Gross anual salary:

27103.20 €


Full time

Working hours:

37.5 hours a week

Expected start date:

15 March 2021

European union This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 945413