of Complex Liquids Group at the Department of Applied Physics of University
of Huelva was created in 1996, when Dr. Enrique de Miguel and Dr. Elvira Martín
del Río arrived to the Department. In 1998, Dr. Felipe J. Blas joined
to the group.
The main interest of the group focuses on the application of molecular
modelling techniques, including statistical mechanical based theories and
computer simulation (molecular dynamics and Monte Carlo simulation techniques),
to understand the thermodynamic behaviour, including phase equilibria, of
systems as complex as associating fluids, chain-like molecules, amphiphilic
molecules and liquid crystals. The group has been involved during last years
in several subjects, being the common theme of the research carried out the
provision of a detailed understanding of complex systems at the molecular
level. The focus has been on structural, thermodynamic, and dynamic properties,
with an emphasis on phase equilibria. An in-depth understanding of the separate
effects of molecular interactions, such as association, hydrogen bonding,
molecular shape and flexibility, and polar interactions on phase behaviour
has been of particular interest. Our efforts represent important advances
in the application of formal statistical mechanics to realistic molecular
interactions. In addition, the theoretical and simulation framework developed
and promoted by the group has been used to provide an accurate quantitative
description of systems of significant industrial importance.
The group collaborates actively with several national and international
research groups from Europe and US, combining theoretical and simulation
approaches with experimental work.