New directions in classical density functional theory
- 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 1970s, 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.
This workshop was postponed because of the 2020 pandemic. Further details about the workshop will appear here early in 2021. It is anticipated that this workshop will be a hybrid event with some particpants attending in Edinburgh and others joining online.