Tue, 31 Oct 2006, 13:41:34 EST

9th US National Congress on Computational Mechanics (USNCCM9) ,
San Francisco, CA, 23-26 Jul 2007

Minisymposium: Modeling and computation of active small (nano) systems

``Small'' here could be as small as nanometer scale.  Many small
systems can be found in physics, chemistry, and particularly biology.
An example would be biomolecular machines with size less than
100 nm.  The statistical mechanics, thermodynamics, and chemistry
of biological motors for chemical energy conversion, storage, and
usage within a biological cell are the broader class of phenomenon
and applications are relevant to active nano or small systems of
interest to this minisymposium.  Molecular machines, biomimetic logic
and signal processing devices, nano-electromechanical systems (NEMS),
self-healing materials, nanoelectronics, nanofluidics and filtration,
nano-energy storage and targeted drug delivery devices are examples
of other active nanostructures that are of current research interest.

The present minisymposium is aiming at bringing together scientists
and engineers to present recent advances in this area.

Some sample non-exclusive topics are:

- non-equilibrium statistical mechanics (e.g., superstatistics, 
  Tsallis statistics, etc.)
- fluctuation theorems (e.g., Jarzinski equality, Crooks fluctuation
  theorem, etc.)
- systems with transition between non-equilibrium states (e.g.,
  biomolecular machines, nanophotonic devices, etc.)
- molecular dynamics formulations and simulations, including those 
  incorporating fluctuation theorems
- quantum formulations and simulations
- multiscale formulations and simulations
- experimental studies and results that are useful for theory 
- applications in nanomedicine, nanoelectronics, etc.

Any other topics that fit the broader scope of this minisymposium
are especially welcome.


Narayan Aluru
Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering
3265 Beckman Institute, MC-251
405 N. Mathews Avenue
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, IL 61801
Tel: (217) 333-1180
E-mail: aluru@uiuc.edu
URL: https://netfiles.uiuc.edu/aluru/www/

Deepak Srivastava
Advanced Aerospace Materials and Devices
NASA Ames Research Center
UARC at University of California, Santa Cruz
Moffett Field, California 94035
Tel: 650-604-3486
E-mail: dsrivastava@mail.arc.nasa.gov
URL: http://www.ipt.arc.nasa.gov/srivastava.html

Loc Vu-Quoc
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611
Tel: 217-344-2934 (leave message; currently on leave in Urbana, IL)
E-mail: vu-quoc@ufl.edu
URL: http://clesm.mae.ufl.edu/~vql


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