"Thermodynamics: Can macro learn from nano?"

Workshop in May 22-25, 2011 at Snogeholm Castle in Southern Sweden

Registration (deadline is Monday, April 25)

After the deadline, additional registrations can be made depending on room availability at the conference site. Please inquire by email to Jonas.Johansson AT ftf.lth.se. Participants that are not invited speakers have to pay a global fee (including meals and lodging in Snogeholm) of 5000 SEK if they want a single room or 3500 SEK if they agree to share a double room. A hotel night in Malmo before (May 22) and/or after (May 25) the workshop can be booked during the registration procedure and costs 991 SEK/night. Invited speakers are asked to register after making flight arrangements, as we collect flight information in order to optimize local transport.


Recently, significant progress has been made in developing theoretical frameworks and experimental systems for exploring the thermodynamics and energetics of small systems. At the same time, challenges such as climate change and scarcity of resources require novel approaches at a very macroscopic scale. Some of these challenges, such as energy distribution, involve highly complex systems with possibly nonlinear behaviour. This workshop will bring together scientists in these different areas, with the goal to achieve cross-fertilization between the nano- and macro-thermodynamics communities.

Specific issues to be addressed:

  • Thermodynamics of small systems
  • Macroscopic and finite-time thermodynamics
  • Thermodynamics of biological systems
  • Solid-state cooling and thermoelectric power generation


Massimiliano Esposito (Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium, mesposit AT ulb.ac.be),
Jonas Johansson (Lund, Sweden, jonas.johansson AT ftf.lth.se),
Heiner Linke (Lund, Sweden, heiner.linke AT ftf.lth.se),
Jukka Pekola (Helsinki, Finland, jukka.pekola AT tkk.fi),
Kirk Yerkes (ARL, USA, kirk.yerkes AT wpafb.af.mil)