CHBE Seminar Series: Pablo Debenedetti
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Room 2110 Chemical and Nuclear Engineering Bldg.
Professor Ray Adomaitis
Water in Confinement: Theoretical and Computational Perspectives
Class of 1950 Professor in Engineering and Applied Science
Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering
Vice Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Science
The behavior of water in confining geometries with characteristic size in the nm range is of interest in a wide range of scientific fields and technical applications. Examples include biological self-assembly, the design of self-cleaning surfaces, and ice nucleation in clouds. Theoretical and computational investigations of water in nano-scale confinement by inorganic and biological surfaces shed light on the roles of surface chemistry, geometry and heterogeneity on water structure, dynamics and phase behavior over broad ranges of temperature and pressure. I will also discuss the application of path sampling methods to probe the evaporation dynamics of water confined by hydrophobic surfaces.