New directions in classical density functional theory

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New directions in classical density functional theory

 03 - 06 May 2021
 ICMS, 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 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. The rescheduled workshop will run online from Monday 3 to Thursday 6 May 2021. Those who were orignally due to attend the workshop in 2020 will receive an email from ICMS in March with more information.

The workshop will feature three plenary talks, giving overviews of (D)DFT from different perspectives, and laying the foundations for interdisciplinary conversations.  There will also be a number of contributed talks and an opportunity for all participants to give a 'lightning' talk to highlight a particular aspect discussed at the workshop, or a topic for future discussion.  There will be plenty of time for discussions and networking. Zoom will the online platform used to deliver the workshop and Sococo will be used for networking activities.