New frontiers for nonequilibrium systems (2020–2024)
The universe is comprised of systems in states of change or responding to a driving force. Yet a fundamental understanding of these nonequilibrium systems that enables predictive design has eluded scientists to date. This program aims to develop ground-
breaking principles and methodologies to predict properties of nonequilibrium systems using both statistical physics and molecular simulations. Significantly, by pioneering new theories and building Australian capacity in this area, we will be able to understand, control and utilise their distinctive behaviour in design. Expected outcomes and benefits are multi-dimensional, including brreakthrough theory and new capability for high-end technologies such as nanofluidics, robotics and batteries.