Non-equilibrium Molecular Dynamics (NEW)


Non-equilibrium molecular dynamics (NEMD) is the study of fundamental fluid flow using molecular simulation - 'non-equilibrium' because the system is driven away from thermodynamic equilibrium by wall motion, temperature and pressure gradients or contains an interface, e.g. a liquid-vapour coexistence.


L = leader; C = co-leader; * = Other key personnel

[L]  Edward Smith ( Brunel University London ):
Duncan Lockerby ( University of Warwick ):
Matthew Borg ( University of Edinburgh ):
[C]  James Ewen ( Imperial College London ):
David Heyes ( Imperial College London ):
Philip Camp ( University of Edinburgh ):
Michael Allen ( University of Warwick and University of Bristol ):
Alessio Lavino ( Imperial College London ):
Sergey Karabasov ( Queen Mary University of London ):
Fernando Bresme ( Imperial College London ):
Alex Lukyanov ( University of Reading ):
Josep Bonet Avalos ( Imperial College London; Universitat Rovira i Virgili ):
Silvia Di Lecce ( Imperial College London ):
Ian Ford ( University College London ):
Daniele Dini ( Imperial College London ):
Juan D Olarte-Plata ( Imperial College London ):
Dimitrios Mathas ( University of Southampton ):
Carlos Ayestarán Latorre ( Imperial College London ):
Jagjeevan Bhamra ( Imperial College London ):
Mohamed Abdelbar ( Imperial College London ):
Rohit Pillai ( University of Edinburgh ):
James Sprittles ( University of Warwick ):

Kick-off Meeting

The kick-off meeting was on the 17th January 2020 at Brunel University.

The program and abstract are here and the plan for the day was as follows, with links to talks available by clicking on the talk title:

Name Title/Subject Start Chair
Coffee and welcome 09:30  
Ed Smith Introduction 10:00  
Discussion 10:15 Ed Smith
Ian Ford Entropy production for non-Markovian stochastic dynamics 10:30 James Ewen
Dimitrios Mathas An evaluation of Equilibrium Green-Kubo and Nonequilibrium Molecular Dynamics for viscosity simulations of lubricants at different temperatures and pressures 11:00 James Ewen
Sritay Mistry Charge based rejection in Boron Nitride nanotubes 11:15 James Ewen
Coffe/discussion 11:30 Fernando Bresme & Karl Travis
James Ewen

NEMD in Tribology - Methods and Applications

12:15 Ed Smith
Mike Allen Viscosities of Smectic-A Phases 12:30 Ed Smith
LUNCH + coffee 13:00  
Fernando Bresme Thermal transport across soft and hard interface 14:00 Ian Ford
Josep Bonet Avalos Fluctuations in Generalised Dissipative Particle Dynamics 14:30 Ian Ford
Lev Kantorovitch Non-equilibrium MD based on Generalised Langevin Equation 14:45 Ian Ford
Karl Travis Non-equilibrium Molecular Dynamics: A powerful tool for gaining insight into fluid behavior 15:00 Ian Ford
Coffe/discussion 15:30 Daniele Dini
Hongtao Zhang Effects of suspending Al nanoparticles on nucleation, microexplosion and combustion of a kerosene droplet: measurement and molecular dynamics simulation 16:15 Lev Kantorovitch
Carlos Ayestarán Latorre Surfactants Interactions with Engineering Surfaces: From Density Functional Theory to Molecular Dynamics 16:30 Lev Kantorovitch

From the discussion sessions, we talked about three topics in groups, with the following notes

1. Way forward - how do we get further funding for the next SIG meeting (N.B. we spent £2,000 on this meeting), where do we host the next meeting? What do we want for the focus? 

2. Links between fundamental NEMD work and existing funding areas (EPSRC, ERC, Leverhulme, Royal Society)? Routes to new funds (e.g. setting up a NEMD CDT or creating an MD UKRI theme)

3. Links to industrial problems. How do we demonstrate value for industry? What can we do next with the SIG to encourage this?

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Examples of Fluid Flow Using Non-Equilibrium Molecular Dynamics (NEMD)

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