Nonequilibrium Thermodynamics

Nonequilibrium Thermodynamics

Transport and Rate Processes in Physical, Chemical and Biological Systems

4th Edition - November 24, 2018

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  • Authors: Yasar Demirel, Vincent Gerbaud
  • eBook ISBN: 9780444641137
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780444641120

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Nonequilibrium Thermodynamics: Transport and Rate Processes in Physical, Chemical and Biological Systems, Fourth Edition emphasizes the unifying role of thermodynamics in analyzing natural phenomena. This updated edition expands on the third edition by focusing on the general balance equations for coupled processes of physical, chemical and biological systems. Updates include stochastic approaches, self-organization criticality, ecosystems, mesoscopic thermodynamics, constructual law, quantum thermodynamics, fluctuation theory, information theory, and modeling the coupled biochemical systems. The book also emphasizes nonequilibrium thermodynamics tools, such as fluctuation theories, mesoscopic thermodynamic analysis, information theories, and quantum thermodynamics in describing and designing small scale systems.

Key Features

  • Provides a useful text for seniors and graduate students from diverse engineering and science programs
  • Highlights the fundamentals of equilibrium thermodynamics, transport processes and chemical reactions
  • Expands the theory of nonequilibrium thermodynamics and its use in coupled transport processes and chemical reactions in physical, chemical and biological systems
  • Presents a unified analysis for transport and rate processes in various time and space scales
  • Discusses stochastic approaches in thermodynamic analysis, including fluctuation and information theories, mesoscopic nonequilibrium thermodynamics, constructal law and quantum thermodynamics


Graduate students, scientists, and researchers in chemical engineering, chemistry, physics, energy, biotechnology, and biology

Table of Contents

  • 1. Fundamentals of equilibrium thermodynamics
    2. Transport and rate processes
    3. Fundamentals of nonequilibrium thermodynamics
    4. Using the second law: thermodynamic analysis
    5. Thermoeconomics
    6. Diffusion
    7. Heat and mass transfer
    8. Chemical reactions
    9. Coupled systems of chemical reactions and transport processes
    10. Membrane transport
    11. Thermodynamics and biological systems
    12. Stability analysis
    13. Organized structures
    14. Nonequilibrium thermodynamics approaches
    15. Probabilistic approach in thermodynamics

Product details

  • No. of pages: 880
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2018
  • Published: November 24, 2018
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780444641137
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780444641120

About the Authors

Yasar Demirel

Dr. Yasar Demirel earned his PhD degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Birmingham, UK in 1981. He joined the faculty of Çukurova University in Adana, Turkey, and promoted to associate professorship in 1986. In 1993, he joined the faculty of King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Dhahran Saudi Arabia where he was promoted to full professorship in 2000. He carried out research and scholarly work at the University of Delaware between 1999 and 2001. He worked at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg as a visiting professor between 2002 and 2006. Currently, he is on the faculty of University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He has accumulated broad teaching and research experience over the years in diverse fields of engineering. He is the editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Thermodynamics. Dr. Demirel authored and co-authored three books, four book chapters, and 160 research papers. The first edition of Nonequilibrium Thermodynamics was published in 2002. After it was expanded to a graduate textbook, the third edition was published in 2014. The second edition new book titled “Energy: Production, Conversion, Storage, Conservation, and Coupling” is published in 2016. He has obtained several awards and scholarships, and presented invited seminars.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA

Vincent Gerbaud

Dr. Vincent Gerbaud obtained a MSc in Chemical Engineering in 1992 from UMASS, USA and earned his PhD degree in Chemical Engineering in 1996 from the Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse, France. He joined the French National Scientific Research Center CNRS at Laboratoire de Génie Chimique in Toulouse in 1998 where was promoted research director in 2012. He is the Head of the French GDR CNRS Thermodynamic group since 2014. His research field concerns modelling and simulation in process system engineering with a special focus on bridging molecular scales to macro and mega scales systems. With the help of model-driven engineering concepts, nonequilibrium thermodynamic principles of self-organization and Edgar Morin's theory of "la pensée complexe", he addresses with a holistic approach the modelling of complex systems in areas related to engineering connected with macro economy, environmental and social sciences. Dr. Gerbaud co-authored 6 book chapters, 80 research papers and his work led to 6 specialized software. He has contributed to promote innovative teaching and learning in engineering classes based on activities of e-learning, writing reflective portfolio and designing mind maps among others tools.

Affiliations and Expertise

Laboratoire de Génie Chimique, UMR 5503 INPT/CNRS/UPS, Toulouse, France

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