This issue of the Journal of Non-Equilibrium Thermodynamics is devoted to contributions in connection with the 14th Joint European Thermodynamics Conference (JETC), which was held at the University of Technology and Economics, Budapest, Hungary from May 21 to 25, 2017. The biannual JETC conferences were established in 1989. JETC is Europe-based but welcomes participants from all over the world. It traditionally builds on the heritage of Ilya Prigogine, who personally contributed to some of the first conferences. This Budapest version was flavored by mini-symposia, where various specific thermodynamics-related topics were introduced by experts and discussed by the audience. Session presentations featured particular topics and the interactions were enhanced by poster sessions during all the coffee breaks.
This conference series is devoted to all kinds of thermodynamics, be it equilibrium and non-equilibrium, independently of the application fields of physics or engineering, sciences or humanities. Since thermodynamics is a frame theory, it is present in all disciplines of physics and also beyond physics. The wide range of applicability is a source of inspiration, but also a cause of separation and divergence. The aim of these conferences is to improve the interaction and bring together the various application areas and theoretical branches in order to develop a more powerful and more applicable discipline.
The papers selected for this special issue reflect various aspects of non-equilibrium thermodynamics and range from finite-time thermodynamics to the extremalization of entropy production, and from the operation of heat engines to the non-equilibrium dynamics of chemical reactions and dissipative processes in complex media.
In the framework of JETC, since 2001, the Ilya Prigogine Prize of Thermodynamics is conferred to a young scientist for his or her outstanding PhD thesis. The 2017 laureate, selected by an international committee, was Øivind Wilhelmsen, who prepared his thesis at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology on the subject of equilibrium and non-equilibrium thermodynamics of planar and curved interfaces.
The next JETC will take place in Barcelona, in 2019.
With warm regards,
Peter Ván and Tamás Fülöp
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Published Online: 2018-04-07
Published in Print: 2018-04-25