Speaker: Prof. Chun Liu

Time: 11:00-12:00, 1 June 2022 (Wednesday) (Beijing time)

Venue:A103, Lijiao Building

Tencent Meeting ID: 530-685-000


Active/reactive fluids convert and transduce energy from their surrounding into a motion and other mechanical activities. These systems are usually out of mechanical or even thermodynamic equilibrium. One can find such examples in almost all biological systems. In this talk I will develop a general theory for active fluids which convert chemical energy into various types of mechanical energy. This is the extension of the classical energetic variational approaches for mechanical systems. The methods will cover a wide range of both chemical reaction kinetics and mechanical processes. This is a joint work with Yiwei Wang.

About Prof. Liu

Professor Chun Liu is the Chair and Professor in the Department of Applied Mathematics in Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. Before coming to Illinois Tech, Liu was in the Department of Mathematics at Pennsylvania State University, where he had served since 1998. He also served a term as associate director for the Institute for Mathematics and Its Applications (IMA) at the University of Minnesota, and has held positions at many institutions, such as the University of Wuerzburg, the University of Tokyo, the University of Georgia, and Carnegie Mellon University. He received his Ph.D. in 1995 from the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University.

Liu’s research is in nonlinear partial differential equations and applications in complex fluids, such as liquid crystal growth, polymers, ion channels in cell membranes, and active materials involving chemical reactions. He developed a general framework of energetic variational approaches (EnVarA) to study various problems arising from physical and biological applications. Liu’s research has been supported by various federal and international funding agencies.