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Lectures: Thermodynamics

Thermodynamics 1: Statistical mechanics

Statistical mechanics (or statistical thermodynamics) provides methods for circulating the probability that a system with a very large number of components will be found in a given state, and hence predicting its most likely state.

Thermodynamics 2: Brownian motion

The movement of particles in a fluid can be described in terms of the average behaviour of a large number of particles in random motion.

Thermodynamics 3: Amphiphile aggregation - critical micelle concentration

The formation of micelles and bilayers can be described in terms of statistical thermodynamic functions, such as chemical potential and free energy.

Thermodynamics 4: Micelle geometry

The size and shape of a micelle are determined by the geometry of its constituent molecules and by the forces that act between them.

Thermodynamics 5: Lipid bilayers

Biomembrane deformation, governed by curvature elasticity, is important in many biological processes.

Thermodynamics 6: Fluctuating membranes

The thermally driven roughness of membranes can be analysed statistically