EPJ E Topical Issue: Thermal non-equilibrium phenomena in multi-component fluids
Under thermal non-equilibrium conditions, multi-component fluids generally undergo component separation. This is termed thermodiffusion in molecular liquids, and thermophoresis in colloidal fluids. The precise physical principles underlying these phenomena are still not understood, and it is envisaged that a continuous flow of ideas between theoreticians, experimental scientists and researchers employing numerical methods is needed to achieve a deeper understanding. In order to provide an overview of the more recent advances in this intriguing area, the European Physical Journal E Soft Matter and Biological Physics is in the process of preparing a special issue on physical systems outside thermal equilibrium.
Areas of interest include, but are not limited to: i) theoretical, experimental and numerical methods for the investigation of physics outside of thermal equilibrium; ii) non-equilibrium thermodynamics and non-equilibrium fluctuations; iii) thermophoresis: thermal gradients in macromolecular solutions, airborne particles, colloidal suspensions and biological fluids; iv) thermodiffusion in porous media and its applications to enhanced oil recovery; v) Soret-driven hydrodynamic instabilities and convective patterns; vi) effects of thermodiffusion on crystal growth and polymer processing; vii) thermodiffusion in microgravity; viii) thermodiffusion in biological transport; ix) applications of thermodiffusion.
These areas will also be discussed at the symposium "11th International Meeting on Thermodiffusion"
http://lfc.univ-pau.fr/live/imt11, which is to be held in Bayonne from 2 to 6 June 2014. Please note that the Topical Issue “Thermal non-equilibrium phenomena in multi-component fluids” is distinct from the symposium proceedings, and contributions to this special issue are welcome from all scientists working in related fields. Note that all submitted manuscripts will be subject to peer-review, as per the usual publication process of EPJE.