Faculty Department of Chemistry  
Non-equilibrium thermodynamics
Open Position  



Physical chemistry seminars.

  • Signe has been awarded the Guldberg-Waage medal from Norsk Kjemisk Selskap in the celebration of 150 years of the Law of Mass action day in Oslo 11-March-2014.
  • Video of Dick's presentation at Valencia conference 2013 with title "Effect of compressiblity in the buble formation in a closed system"  http://mediauni.uv.es/BIENALRSEF/?tag=BienalRSEF
  • Appeal to UN and EU by researchers who attended the 12th biannual Joint European Thermodynamics Conference, held in Brescia, Italy, from July 1-5, 2013. Download full appeal here
  • Řivind Wilhelmsen has got the best presentation prize in the contest for PhD students at the JETC2013 (03.07.2013)
  • Children program on NRK Newton was and filmed experiments Mpemba effect in the Department of Chemistry. Mpemba effect is that boiling water freezes faster than cold water. Fellow Řivind Willhelmsen represents professional team of irreversible thermodynamics at the Department of Chemistry and discuss the effect and basic thermodynamics of phase transitions. 


  • Nature-inspired energy efficiency research: 



    Tyskland (Spiegel http://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/natur/rentiernase-ingenieure-wollen-heiztechnik-und-kuehltechnik-nutzen-a-879643.html 

  • 20.06.2012.   Mari Voldsund and Marit Takla gave a talk on the ECOS2012 conference.

  • 19.04.2012.   Alexander Kolstad (Master student) together with colleagues won Technoport Mission Rio prize for their project "Solar driven ice maker".

  • 07.03.2012.   Řivind Wilhelmsen has got the Hydrogen prize 2011 for his Master Thesis.

  • 25.01.2012.   Proof of the Second Law of Thermodynamics? - interview with Professor Dick Bedeaux, Member of the Royal Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters, a world-authority on Non-equilibrium Thermodynamics.

  • 08.12.2011.   Leen van der Ham has defended his PhD thesis.

  • 11.2011.   Thor Anders Aarhaug has defended his PhD thesis.

  • 27.06.2011.   Kirill Glavatskiy has got the Ilya Prigogine prize of Thermodynamics for his doctoral thesis.

  • 25.05.2011.   Interview with postdoctoral fellow Kirill Glavatskiy, the winner of the Ilya Prigogine prize in Thermodynamics (in Norwegian).

  • 03.2011.   Interview with postdoctoral fellow Odne Burheim, the Chemist of the Month in NTNU (in Norwegian).

  • 02.2011.   The PhD thesis of Kirill Glavatskiy has been published by Springer as a part of the series "Springer Theses. Recognizing Outstanding Ph.D. Research".

  • 24.01.2011.   The book "Non-equilibrium thermodynamics for engineers" as a way to understand energy efficiency (in Norwegian).

  • 19.01.2011.   Review of "Non-equilibrium thermodynamics for engineers" by Krzysztof J. Ptasinski, member of EGY Book Review Panel:

    The book represents a significant contribution to a better understanding of fundamental and applied non-equilibrium thermodynamics and gives scientific background for defining process efficiency and sustainability metrics. [It] is an interesting addition to many traditional chemical engineering courses, particularly transport phenomena, separation processes, reactor engineering, and process design.

  • 01.01.2011.   Dick Bedeaux elected as member of The Royal Norwegion Society of Sciences and Letters.

  • 2010.   The chapter "Applied Non-Equilibrium Thermodynamics" by Signe Kjelstrup and Dick Bedeaux appeared in "Applied Thermodynamics of Fluids", A. R. H. Goodwin, J. V. Sengers, C. J. Peters, editors, published by The Royal Society of Chemistry, UK.

  • 2010.   The book "Non-Equilibrium Thermodynamics for Engineers" by S. Kjelstrup, D. Bedeaux, E. Johannessen and J. Gross, World Scientific, appeared.

  • 22.08.2010.   Our work on nature inspired fuel cells is getting fast attention at many areas such as the Green Car Congress, New Scientist and Inhabitat

  • 27.06.2010.   Marit Takla has delivered her Msc Thesis "Recovering Indusrial Waste Heat by the means of Thermoelectricity"

  • 2010.   Isabella Inzoli has been nominated for the Ilya Prigogine Prize of Thermodynamics 2009 for her doctoral work.

  • 29.03.2010.   Leen van der Ham got 5 million NOK for a research to improve the distillation power plant

  • 2010.   The video course on the book "Irreversible Thermodynamics for Engineers" is available online

  • 2010.   Review of "Non-equilibrium thermodynamics of heterogeneous systems" by Mathematical Reviews:

    This textbook may serve as a basis for an introductory course on the theory of non-equilibrium thermodynamics in heterogeneous media. It will appeal to both mathematicians and mathematics graduate students. The reader will find useful complementary materials included: a large number of good examples and exercises are solved for the benefit of the reader. The reviewer highly recommends this book as a basic reference on the non-equilibrium thermodynamics of heterogeneous systems.


Events 2009

  • 26.11.2009.   Odne Burheim defended his PhD thesis.

    On the picture: Frode Seland, Trond Peder Flaten, Signe Kjelstrup, Preben Vie, Odne Burheim, Jon Pharoah, Ned Djilali

  • 26.11.2009.   The textbook on thermodynamics, which has been converted into music, is presented in Oslo opera 26 November

  • 14.10.2009.   Jing Xu defended her PhD thesis. A trial lecture on computational approaches to model the phase behaviour of molecular liquids and solids: water as an example was given.

    On the picture: Dick Bedeaux, Signe Kjelstrup, Jing Xu, Eirik Falck da Silva, Fernando Bresme, Bjorn Alsberg

  • 24.09.2009.   Kirill Glavatskiy has defended his PhD thesis "Multi-component interfacial transport as described by the square gradient model: evaporation and condensation". A trial lecture on the Jarzynski equality and the Fluctuation theorem has been given.

    On the picture: Signe Kjelstrup, Dick Bedeaux, Kirill Glavatskiy, Joachim Gross, Gian-Paolo Beretta, Tor Ytrehus

  • 01.09.2009.   Workshop on "Non-Equilibrium Thermodynamics" for the occasion of Signe Kjelstrup's 60th birthday. September 3-4, 2009

    Program of the workshop
    Pictres from the workshop

  • 30.04.2009.   Ole-Eric Haas defended his PhD thesis "Transport on a nanoscale; quasi-elastic neutron scattering and molecular dynamic studies". A trial lecture on fuel cells was given.

    On the picture: Jean-Marc Simon, Magnus Sorby, Signe Kjelstrup, Henrik Koch, Ole-Eric Haas, Torbjorn Ljones, Astrid Lund Ramstad, Peter Pfeifer

  • 2009.   Review of "Non-equilibrium thermodynamics of heterogeneous systems", J.Non-Equilib. Thermodyn. 34 (2009) 93-96 by P. Van, Department of Theoretical Physics, Research Institute for Particle and Nuclear Physics, Budapest, Hungary

    "The detailed theoretical and experimental studies of the investigated systems show every well the deep insight that one can get from clear theoretical approaches. This unity of theory and experiments is one of the most important virtues of the book. Non-equilibrium thermodynamics - as a frame theory of classical physics - is a foundation of several parts of engineering and can give a unified treatment of complex systems. The book is a great example of how new theoretical ideas - in this case, the idea of surfaces as autonomous systems - and clever experimental work, can lead to the understanding and development of industrial technologies.

    The rigorous and conservative approach of classical irreversible thermodynamics is an advantage of the book - a clear and solid foundation with clear-cut ranges of validity. The broad range of different applications demonstrates the enormous unification power of non-equilibrium thermodynamics. The potential of the simplicity of the approach is not yet explored in engineering. The ambitious goal of this book is to demonstrate these possibilities by giving a treatment that is accessible to everybody who is interested in applications and at the same time, by giving the necessary details to everybody who is interested in the foundations, too. This is a very good book, maybe the best in non-equilibrium thermodynamics is the past few years."


Events before 2009