Collaborators and Colleagues
Denis Evans
Stephen Williams
Lamberto Rondoni
Karl Travis
Billy Todd
Owen Jepps
Hanspeter Huber
Edie Sevick
Suresh Bhatia
Peter Daivis
Paul Bernhardt
Barbara Kirchner
Eddie Cohen


Details
BSc(Hons I) PhD Newcastle FRACI
Professor
Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
Director Queensland Micro and Nanotechnology Centre
Ph:. +61 7 3735 3921
Fax: + 61 7 3735 7773
Email: D.Bernhardt@griffith.edu.au
Official GU Web Page: here
Fellowships for Postgraduate Studies for Women:
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Personal Profile
Debra Bernhardt is Director of the Queensland Micro and Nanotechnology Centre and Professor in the School of Biomolecular and Physical Sciences, Science, Engineering, Environment and Technology Group
at Griffith University. Her PhD studies
were in the field of quantum chemistry and her fields of research now
include statistical mechanics, dynamical systems theory, nonequilibrium fluid, nanoscale systems and molecular dynamics simulations of fluids.
Research Interests
Debra's research interests are in the study of liquids under
equilibrium and nonequilibrium conditions, development of the theory of
nonequilibrium fluids and use of simulations to assist in understanding
experimental results. Current research projects include:
 Study of
nonequilibrium liquids via statistical mechanics; nonequilibrium
molecular dynamics; dynamical systems theory; chaos theory
 The fluctuation theorem
 The study of fluids under nanoconfinement
 Development
of algorithms for molecular dynamics simulations
 Calculation
of liquid properties: Combining molecular dynamics simulations
with quantum mechanical calculations to determine properties of
liquids
Selected Recent Publications
(a list of publications is available here)
 Denis J. Evans, Debra J.
Searles and Emil Mittag,
"Fluctuation Theorem for Hamiltonian Systems  Le Chatelier's
Principle",
Physical
Review E, 63, 051105(4) (2001).
 Hanspeter Huber, Barbara
Kirchner and Debra J. Searles,
"Is there an iceberg effect in the water/DMSO mixture? Some information
from computational chemistry",
Journal
of Molecular Liquids, 9899, 7177
(2002).
 G. M. Wang, E. M.
Sevick, Emil Mittag, Debra J. Searles and Denis J. Evans,
"Experimental demonstration of violations of the Second Law of
Thermodynamics",
Physical
Review Letters, 89, 050601 (2002).
 Denis J. Evans and Debra J. Searles,
"The Fluctuation Theorem",
Advances in Physics, 51, 1529  1585
(2002).
 Owen G. Jepps, Suresh K.
Bhatia and Debra J. Searles,
"Wall mediated transport in confined spaces: Exact theory",
Physical
Review Letters, 91, 126102/1126102/4
(2003).
 Markus G. Muller, Edme
H. Hardy, Patrick S. Vogt, Christoph Bratschi, Barbara Kirchner, Hanspeter
Huber and Debra J. Searles,
"Calculation of the deuteron quadrupole relaxation rate in a mixture of
water and dimethyl sulfoxide",
Journal
of the Americal Chemical Society, 126,
47044710 (2004).
 Owen Jepps, Denis J.
Evans and Debra J. Searles,
"The fluctuation theorem and Lyapunov weights",
Physica D, 187, 326337 (2004).
 Denis J. Evans, Debra J.
Searles and Lamberto Rondoni,
"On the application of the GallavottiCohen Fluctuation Relation to
thermostatted steady states near equilibrium",
Physical
Review E, 71, 056120/113 (2005).
 Federico Frascoli, Debra
J. Searles and B. D. Todd
"Chaotic properties of planar elongational flows and planar shear flows:
Lyapunov exponents, conjugatepairing rule and phase space contraction",
Physical
Review E, 73, 046206/112 (2006)
 Karl P. Travis and Debra
J. Searles,
"Effect of solvation and confinement on the transgauche isomerisation reaction in nbutane",
Journal
of Chemical Physics, 125,
164501/115(2006).
 Debra J. Searles,
Lamberto Rondoni and Denis J. Evans
"The Steady State Fluctuation Relation for the Dissipation
Function",
Journal
of Statistical Physics, 128, 13371363
(2007).
 E.M. Sevick, R.
Prabhakar, Stephen R. Williams and Debra J. Searles
"Fluctuation Theoerms",
Annual Review of Physical Chemistry, 59, 603633 (2008).( First published December 11, 2007; doi:10.1146/annurev.physchem.58.032806.104555 )
 Denis J. Evans, Debra J.
Searles and Stephen R. Williams,
"On the Fluctuation Theorem for the Dissipation Function and its
connection with Response Theory ",
Journal Chemical Physics, 128 014504/16 (2008).
