Thermodynamics of Transport
Since thermodynamics deals with properties of matter and laws which can be understood without knowledge of the inner structure of matter, it is of great utility in the exploration of unknown physicochemical mechanisms of transport phenomena. Although thermodynamics itself does not describe the microscopic details of transport mechanisms, it shows which of the various hypothetical mechanisms are thermodynamically permissible. An admirable “Introduction to Thermodynamics” was written by Spanner (1964) and is recommended in this connection. Only a brief summary of the most important implications of thermodynamics in the field of transport is presented here.
KeywordsGibbs Free Energy Entropy Production Topological Graph Active Transport Process Microscopic Reversibility
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