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This introductory demonstration will show you the fundamental workflow of the COMSOL Multiphysics® modeling environment. We will cover all of the key modeling steps, including creating geometries, setting up physics, meshing, solving, and postprocessing. We will also highlight new features in COMSOL Multiphysics® version 5.3a.
Heat Dissipation in Nanostructures: From Plasmonic Particles to Solar-Powered Desalination Devices
Nanosized structures have been studied extensively in the last decades for a wide range of applications, such as drug delivery, tissue engineering, manufacturing, and electronics. One aspect of nanostructure properties that has fostered research so far is nanostructures' peculiar interaction with electromagnetic fields in a broad spectrum, from the terahertz to the ultraviolet. In particular, metallic nanoparticles (NPs) are able to couple an incident radiation (such as sunlight) to bounded electronic oscillations (called plasmons), thus effectively squeezing the electromagnetic energy into narrow regions, depending on the particle geometry. Through simulations in the COMSOL® software, this talk will provide an overview of the fundamentals and applications of plasmonics, with particular focus on the role played by nanostructures as efficient light-to-heat converters. Finally, it will be shown how nanoscale heaters can find application in water purification systems as enhancers of liquid-vapor phase transition rates, and the case of nanophotonics-enabled solar membrane distillation (NESMD) will be presented.
Learn how to convert a model into a custom app using the Application Builder, which is included in the COMSOL Multiphysics® software. You can upload your apps to a COMSOL Server™ installation to access and run the apps from anywhere within your organization.
Get a brief overview of using the Subsurface Flow Module within the COMSOL® software environment.
Get a brief overview of the electromagnetic modeling tools of COMSOL Multiphysics® with a focus on the AC/DC Module, RF Module, Wave Optics Module, and Ray Optics Module.
Get a brief overview of using the Corrosion Module for spatial and temporal corrosion modeling within the COMSOL® software environment, as well as all electrochemical corrosion processes. Learn how to choose built-in interfaces in COMSOL Multiphysics® and design your own protection strategies.
Get an overview of large-scale modeling in COMSOL Multiphysics® and tricks to accelerate your progress. Learn to use gradient-based optimization techniques and constraint equations to define and solve problems in shape, parameter, and topology optimization, as well as inverse modeling.
Get a brief overview of using the Pipe Flow Module for fluid flow and mass transfer simulation within the COMSOL® software environment. In addition, learn how to integrate multiphysics within a pipeline system model, such as heat transfer, erosion, corrosion, and mechanical couplings.
Get a brief overview of using the Acoustics Module and Structural Mechanics Module within the COMSOL® software environment.
Rice University Alessandro Alabastri received his BSc and MSc in engineering physics from Politecnico di Milano in 2007 and 2009, respectively, specializing in nano-optics and photonics. In 2009, he was a visiting student in the Plasmonics and Metamaterials Group at the Technical University of Denmark, working on the optical characterization of metamaterials. He obtained his PhD in nanosciences from the Italian Institute of Technology and University of Genoa, where he worked on the computational modeling of plasmonic structures. In 2015, he was a visiting researcher at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory at the Molecular Foundry, investigating plasmonic-interference-based devices. He then joined the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Rice University as a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Nordlander’s group. In 2016, he was appointed as the NEWT postdoctoral leadership fellow at Rice University, working on theoretical nanophotonics and solar distillation devices.