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NanoThermo SIGNED

Energy Conversion and Information Processing at Small Scales

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 Coordinator Country Luxembourg [LU]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙669˙028 €
 EC max contribution 1˙669˙028 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2015-CoG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-07-01   to  2021-06-30


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITE DU LUXEMBOURG LU (ESCH-SUR-ALZETTE) coordinator 1˙669˙028.00


 Project objective

Thermodynamics provided mankind with the intellectual tools to master energy transfers and energy conversion in macroscopic systems operating close to equilibrium. It is now one of the most fundamental theories in physics. My goal is to establish a thermodynamic theory describing energy conversion and information processing in small synthetic or biological systems operating far from equilibrium. Significant progress has been achieved in this direction over the last decade. The new theory is called stochastic thermodynamics (ST). It allows us to describe and understand energy conversion in systems as diverse as quantum junctions and molecular motors, and also to predict the energetic cost of information processing operations such as erasing bits of information or feedback controlling a small device. It was validated in single molecule pulling experiments, electronic circuits, NMR and colloidal particles in optical tweezers. Nevertheless, ST still suffers from serious limitations which prevent its application in more complex systems. Therefore, I propose to expand the theoretical foundations of ST far beyond its current realm of validity and to broaden the scope of its applications in various new directions. I want to answer questions such as: Can one design devices made of many small energy converters (e.g. thermoelectric junctions) arranged in such a way as to generate collective behaviors (e.g. synchronization) prompting higher powers and efficiencies? Can one do the same by engineer quantum effects? How can one reduce the dissipation occurring when computing very quickly with small devices? Why are metabolic networks so efficient in converting energy, transmitting information, and preventing errors (e.g. toxic byproducts)? I will do so in close contact with leading experimental groups in the field. My conviction is that ST will become as important for nanotechnologies and molecular biology as thermodynamics has been for the industrial revolution.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Christopher W Wächtler, Philipp Strasberg, Sabine H L Klapp, Gernot Schaller, Christopher Jarzynski
Stochastic thermodynamics of self-oscillations: the electron shuttle
published pages: 73009, ISSN: 1367-2630, DOI: 10.1088/1367-2630/ab2727
New Journal of Physics 21/7 2019-09-02
2019 Penocchio, Emanuele; Rao, Riccardo; Esposito, Massimiliano
Thermodynamic Efficiency in Dissipative Chemistry
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
2018 Strasberg, Philipp
An operational approach to quantum stochastic thermodynamics
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
1 2019-09-02
2019 Xiansong Xu, Juzar Thingna, Chu Guo, Dario Poletti
Many-body open quantum systems beyond Lindblad master equations
published pages: , ISSN: 2469-9926, DOI: 10.1103/physreva.99.012106
Physical Review A 99/1 2019-04-18
2018 Tim Herpich, Juzar Thingna, Massimiliano Esposito
Collective Power: Minimal Model for Thermodynamics of Nonequilibrium Phase Transitions
published pages: , ISSN: 2160-3308, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevX.8.031056
Physical Review X 8/3 2019-04-18
2018 Juzar Thingna, Massimiliano Esposito, Felipe Barra
A Landau-Zener Lindblad equation and work extraction from coherences
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
2018 Sebastian Restrepo, Javier Cerrillo, Philipp Strasberg, Gernot Schaller
From quantum heat engines to laser cooling: Floquet theory beyond the Born–Markov approximation
published pages: 53063, ISSN: 1367-2630, DOI: 10.1088/1367-2630/aac583
New Journal of Physics 20/5 2019-04-18
2018 Philipp Strasberg, Massimiliano Esposito
Response Functions as Quantifiers of Non-Markovianity
published pages: , ISSN: 0031-9007, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.121.040601
Physical Review Letters 121/4 2019-04-18
2018 Gianmaria Falasco, Tommaso Cossetto, Emanuele Penocchio, Massimiliano Esposito
Negative differential response in chemical reactions
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
2019 Tim Herpich, Massimiliano Esposito
Universality in driven Potts models
published pages: , ISSN: 2470-0045, DOI: 10.1103/physreve.99.022135
Physical Review E 99/2 2019-04-18
2018 Riccardo Rao, Massimiliano Esposito
Conservation laws and work fluctuation relations in chemical reaction networks
published pages: 245101, ISSN: 0021-9606, DOI: 10.1063/1.5042253
The Journal of Chemical Physics 149/24 2019-04-18
2018 Philipp Strasberg, Gernot Schaller, Thomas L. Schmidt, Massimiliano Esposito
Fermionic reaction coordinates and their application to an autonomous Maxwell demon in the strong-coupling regime
published pages: , ISSN: 2469-9950, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.97.205405
Physical Review B 97/20 2019-04-18
2019 Philipp Strasberg, Massimiliano Esposito
Non-Markovianity and negative entropy production rates
published pages: , ISSN: 2470-0045, DOI: 10.1103/physreve.99.012120
Physical Review E 99/1 2019-04-18
2017 Polettini, Matteo
Oblique projections on metric spaces
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
2018 Matteo Polettini, Massimiliano Esposito
Effective fluctuation and response theory
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
2019 Krzysztof Ptaszynski, Massimiliano Esposito
Thermodynamics of Quantum Information Flows
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
2018 Rao, Riccardo; Esposito, Massimiliano
Detailed Fluctuation Theorems: A Unifying Perspective
published pages: , ISSN: 1099-4300, DOI: 10.3390/e20090635
Issue 9 2 2019-04-18
2018 Patrick Haughian, Massimiliano Esposito, Thomas L. Schmidt
Quantum thermodynamics of the resonant-level model with driven system-bath coupling
published pages: , ISSN: 2469-9950, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.97.085435
Physical Review B 97/8 2019-04-18
2018 Gaomin Tang, Juzar Thingna, Jian Wang
Thermodynamics of energy, charge, and spin currents in a thermoelectric quantum-dot spin valve
published pages: , ISSN: 2469-9950, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.97.155430
Physical Review B 97/15 2019-04-18
2018 Gernot Schaller, Javier Cerrillo, Georg Engelhardt, Philipp Strasberg
Electronic Maxwell demon in the coherent strong-coupling regime
published pages: , ISSN: 2469-9950, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.97.195104
Physical Review B 97/19 2019-04-18
2018 Falasco, Gianmaria; Rao, Riccardo; Esposito, Massimiliano
Information Thermodynamics of Turing Patterns
published pages: , ISSN: 1079-7114, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.121.108301
2018 Artur Wachtel, Riccardo Rao, Massimiliano Esposito
Thermodynamically consistent coarse graining of biocatalysts beyond Michaelis–Menten
published pages: 42002, ISSN: 1367-2630, DOI: 10.1088/1367-2630/aab5c9
New Journal of Physics 20/4 2019-04-18
2017 Juzar Thingna, Felipe Barra, Massimiliano Esposito
Kinetics and thermodynamics of a driven open quantum system
published pages: , ISSN: 2470-0045, DOI: 10.1103/physreve.96.052132
Physical Review E 96/5 2019-06-18
2016 Riccardo Rao, Massimiliano Esposito
Nonequilibrium Thermodynamics of Chemical Reaction Networks: Wisdom from Stochastic Thermodynamics
published pages: , ISSN: 2160-3308, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevX.6.041064
Physical Review X 6/4 2019-06-18
2018 Riccardo Rao, Massimiliano Esposito
Conservation laws shape dissipation
published pages: 23007, ISSN: 1367-2630, DOI: 10.1088/1367-2630/aaa15f
New Journal of Physics 20/2 2019-06-18
2016 Gregory Bulnes Cuetara, Massimiliano Esposito, Gernot Schaller
Quantum Thermodynamics with Degenerate Eigenstate Coherences
published pages: 447, ISSN: 1099-4300, DOI: 10.3390/e18120447
Entropy 18/12 2019-06-18
2017 Hadrien Vroylandt, Massimiliano Esposito, Gatien Verley
Collective effects enhancing power and efficiency
published pages: 30009, ISSN: 0295-5075, DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/120/30009
EPL (Europhysics Letters) 120/3 2019-06-18
2016 Matteo Polettini, Gregory Bulnes-Cuetara, Massimiliano Esposito
Conservation laws and symmetries in stochastic thermodynamics
published pages: , ISSN: 2470-0045, DOI: 10.1103/physreve.94.052117
Physical Review E 94/5 2019-06-18
2016 Bernhard Altaner, Matteo Polettini, Massimiliano Esposito
Fluctuation-Dissipation Relations Far from Equilibrium
published pages: , ISSN: 0031-9007, DOI: 10.1103/physrevlett.117.180601
Physical Review Letters 117/18 2019-06-18
2017 Philipp Strasberg, Massimiliano Esposito
Stochastic thermodynamics in the strong coupling regime: An unambiguous approach based on coarse graining
published pages: , ISSN: 2470-0045, DOI: 10.1103/physreve.95.062101
Physical Review E 95/6 2019-06-18
2017 Matteo Polettini, Massimiliano Esposito
Carnot efficiency at divergent power output
published pages: 40003, ISSN: 0295-5075, DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/118/40003
EPL (Europhysics Letters) 118/4 2019-06-18
2017 Gili Bisker, Matteo Polettini, Todd R Gingrich, Jordan M Horowitz
Hierarchical bounds on entropy production inferred from partial information
published pages: 93210, ISSN: 1742-5468, DOI: 10.1088/1742-5468/aa8c0d
Journal of Statistical Mechanics: Theory and Experiment 2017/9 2019-06-18
2016 Yûto Murashita, Massimiliano Esposito
Overdamped stochastic thermodynamics with multiple reservoirs
published pages: , ISSN: 2470-0045, DOI: 10.1103/physreve.94.062148
Physical Review E 94/6 2019-06-18
2017 Matteo Polettini, Massimiliano Esposito
Effective Thermodynamics for a Marginal Observer
published pages: , ISSN: 0031-9007, DOI: 10.1103/physrevlett.119.240601
Physical Review Letters 119/24 2019-06-18
2016 Matteo Polettini, Alexandre Lazarescu, Massimiliano Esposito
Tightening the uncertainty principle for stochastic currents
published pages: , ISSN: 2470-0045, DOI: 10.1103/physreve.94.052104
Physical Review E 94/5 2019-06-18
2017 Philipp Strasberg, Gernot Schaller, Tobias Brandes, Massimiliano Esposito
Quantum and Information Thermodynamics: A Unifying Framework Based on Repeated Interactions
published pages: , ISSN: 2160-3308, DOI: 10.1103/physrevx.7.021003
Physical Review X 7/2 2019-06-18
2019 Shiqi Sheng, Tim Herpich, Giovanni Diana, Massimiliano Esposito
Thermodynamics of majority-logic decoding in information erasure
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:

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