New directions in classical density functional theory

11-15 May 2020

ICMS, The Bayes Centre, 47 Potterrow, Edinburgh EH8 9BT

Scientific Organisers

  • Andrew Archer, University of Loughborough
  • Ben Goddard, University of Edinburgh
  • Roland Roth, University of Tubingen

Classical density functional theory (DFT) is a microscopic approach for determining the average density distribution of a classical many-particle system in an arbitrary external potential. The approach is embedded in the framework of statistical mechanics and thermodynamics and is extremely powerful: Not only can one use it to accurately determine particle distributions, but one additionally gets thermodynamic quantities such as interfacial tensions, pressures and adsorptions. The applications of DFT have been numerous since its inception in the late 1970's, and in the last couple of decades the area has a renewed vigour thanks to the extension of the theory to cover dynamical non-equilibrium phenomena. This important extension is known as dynamical density functional theory (DDFT).

The goal of this workshop is to bring together mathematicians, physical scientists, materials scientists, and engineers working on developing and applying DFT and DDFT to discuss recent advances and to stimulate future work.

Invited participants were sent an email registration form by ICMS in January 2020.

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