Nonequilibrium Thermodynamics


Lecture details

The lecture will be given by Dr. Chigrin.


The aim of the class is to give an introduction in the nonequilibrium thermodynamics, that is the thermodynamics in the far-from-equilibrium situation. In the equilibrium thermodynamics one deals with processes taking place at infinitely slow rate through a sequence of equilibrium states. In the nonequilibrium thermodynamics rapid changes both in time and space are allowed, leading to dramatic consequences in possible system evolution. Different theoretical approaches to describe far-from-equilibrium systems will be presented. Applications to physical, chemical and biological systems will be discussed.


1. G. Lebon, D. Jou, J. Casas-Vázquez, “Understanding Non-equilibrium Thermodynamics” (Springer-Verlag, 2008)
2. D. Kondepudi, I. Prigogine, “Modern Thermodynamics” (John Wiley & Sons, 2015)
3. P. Atkins, “The Laws of Thermodynamics: A Very Short Introduction” (Oxford University Press, 2010)

Time Room Start/Finish
Thurs. 2.30pm - 5pm 4273 (MBP2 117) 11.10.2018 - 31.01.2019