Midwest Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics Conference

The Midwest Thermo conference is an annual meeting held at various locations ranging from Buffalo and Pittsburg to Minneapolis and Columbia(MO). A list of past locations and chairs is tabulated below. This conference provides a forum for researchers in all aspects of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, theoretical and experimental, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Chemistry, and Physics. A particular focus of the meeting is for graduate students, post-docs, and junior faculty to present their work.

YearHostHost Inst.Link (if one)
99Van TasselWSUNA
09LammIowa StateHere
10PotoffWayne StateNA
11MaginnNotre DameNA
12EggimannWheaton CollegeNA
15BalasubramanianIowa StateNA
16PaluchMiami UHere
17WhitmerNotre DameHere
19SingUIUC, UrbanaNA

Conference of Interest: Texas Area Workshop on Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics

(TAWTSM) is a Texas thermodynamics workshop with a similar regional spirit.

2006 Midwest Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics Conference

The following material pertains to the 2006 Midwest Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics Conference. The discussion of perfluorocarbons is intended to give an idea of one topic to be discussed, with pictures to illustrate the central role of molecular perspective. A broader range of perspectives can be viewed in the Conference Program.

Perfluorocarbons (like Teflon) exhibit behavior that is difficult to explain. Left figures show primitive sketches. Right figures show MNDO optimized conformations. The large fluorine atoms twist the backbone to pack more efficiently and make the backbone rigid. Between molecules, a weak interaction potential at short range can explain their low cohesion with surfaces and alkanes.

May 25-26, 2006

Akron, OH


The 2006 Midwest Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics Conference will be held on May 25th and 26th on the campus of The University of Akron in Akron, OH.

Conference Organizer

Richard Elliott, Dept of Chemical And Biomolecular Engineering, University of Akron

Invited Speakers

Walter G. Chapman , Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Rice University

” Interfacial Equilibria and Structure of Polyatomic Fluids from Interfacial-SAFT (iSAFT) Density Functional Theory “


Monica Lamm , Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Iowa State University

” Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Amphiphilic Dendrimers in Solution “


Claudio Margulis , Department of Chemistry, University of Iowa

” Molecular Dynamics and Thermodynamics of Room-Temperature Ionic Liquids “


Ernst von Meerwall , Departments of Polymer Science and Physics, University of Akron

” Diffusion Studies by Pulsed Gradient NMR: Capabilities, Results, and Perspectives “


Sohail Murad , Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago

” Molecular Simulations of Membrane Based Separation Processes “


Confirmed Participants:

Jeff Potoff, Dept. of Chemical Engineering, Wayne State Univ.
Sandro da Rocha, Dept. of Chemical Engineering, Wayne State Univ.
J. Ilja Siepmann, Dept. of Chemistry, University of Minnesota
Gustavo Carri, Dept. of Polymer Science, University of Akron
Ed Maginn, Dept. of Chemical Engineering, Notre Dame University
Mark Taylor, Dept. of Physics, Hiram College
Jeff Errington, Dept. of Chemical Engineering, University at Buffalo
David Kofke, Dept. of Chemical Engineering, University at Buffalo
Dan Lacks, Dept. of Chemical Engineering, Case University
David Tomasko, Dept. of Chemical Engineering, Ohio State University

Important Dates

  • May 01, 2006: Abstract submission deadline.
  • May 05, 2006: Registration deadline. Click here to download the registration form.
  • May 08, 2006: Meeting program finalized, speakers notified.


Please register for the conference by May 05, 2006. Click here to download the registration form (the mailing address and fax number are included on the form). The registration fee is $50.00 for students and postdocs and $90.00 for faculty without accommodations or $100 for students and postdocs and $150 for faculty with accommodations included in our new honors dormitory.

We have no support for subsidizing the student travel at this time.

Abstract Submission

To be considered for a presentation at the meeting, please submit an abstract by May 02, 2005. Your abstract should include a title, author list, author affiliations, and an abstract configured to fit on a single page. Please email a MS Word document of your abstract to Richard Elliott ( elliot1@uakron.edu ). In your email, please be sure to include contact information for the corresponding author and indicate which of the authors will be the speaker.

If the number of abstracts that are submitted is greater than what can be accommodated, a poster session may be scheduled.

Meeting Program and Information

Conference Program

The conference will be held in the Goodyear Auditorium. We will all be on our own for meals, but the student center is nearby along with restaurants. Click here for a map of local restaurants near campus.

The conference will be held in a lecture hall that is equipped with a computer that broadcasts to an LCD projector. Laptops may also be connected and broadcast to the LCD projector. Presenters can either use the local computer or bring their personal laptops for presentations. The local computer is also connected to the internet. An overhead projector will also be available. Finally, a microphone and laser pointer will be provided.

Campus Map: Goodyear Building (40) ; Honors Dorm (91); Student Center (60)

For driving directions to The University of Akron, please click here for some useful maps.

Conference Banquet

The conference banquet will be held on the evening of May 25.

Hotel Accommodations

Rooms have been set aside in the Honors Dorm for May 24-26 (check in Wednesday May 24 and check out Friday May 26). If you prefer to stay somewhere else, the Quaker Crowne Plaza is very close to campus.

Check in: 3:00 pm; Check out: 1:00 pm

The dorm room costs are included in the registration fee if you choose that option.

If you need help with a room, please contact the conference organizer for a list of other hotels in the area.

Travel Information

If you are flying into the Cleveland (CLE) Airport, limo service is available from the airport to the Quaker Crowne Plaza. Fares are ~$25 one-way, $40 for round trip. Please see the website (http://www.gohopkins.com/) for contact information and a schedule of departure times. Travel time between Akron and the CLE Airport is around one hour.

Travel from the Canton/Akron airport (CAK) can be arranged at the same website and requires roughly 50 minutes.

Contact Information

For general questions, contact the conference organizer:

Richard Elliott
Dept of Chemical And Biomolecular Engineering
University of Akron

Whitby Hall
Akron, OH 44325-3906
Email: elliot1@uakron.edu
Phone: (330) 972-7253
Fax: (330) 972-5856