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Henni Ouerdane

 

Short academic biography

At Skoltech

I joined Skoltech as a Leading Research Scientist in 2017 to work on the project “Integration and control of heat and power systems with variable loads” funded by the Next Generation SkT-MIT programme. I was promoted to a faculty position in 2018.

I work on a variety of scientific projects: I now assume the role of Principal Investigator of our SkT-MIT Next Gen project on the Skoltech side, where we focus our efforts on indoor microclimate control both on experimental and theoretical levels; I also happily take a very active part in various projects pertaining to other fields of science such as nonequilibrium thermodynamics, quantum physics, physical chemistry and biology. I am a co-Chair of the Engineering Systems PhD Program Committee, in charge of the Energy Systems PhD program, and member of the Skoltech Educational Committee. At Skoltech, I am develop and deliver two graduate courses: Energy systems physics and engineering,  and Nonequilibrium processes in energy conversion.

Prior to Skoltech

My postgraduate education is in theoretical physics, with a Master’s degree in statistical physics (Université de Cergy-Pontoise, France, 1997) and a PhD in physics (Heriot-Watt University, UK, 2002), focused on the modeling of ultrafast pump-and-probe experiments with spin-selective excitation in semiconductor quantum wells, and on two-dimensional scattering theory to study photon emission via exciton recombination.

I have a research experience of over fifteen years at postdoctoral level in four countries, including the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, and Russia. My works fall within the broad category of theory and numerical modeling of condensed matter and dilute systems, mostly addressing problems pertaining to energy conversion physics, coupled transport theory, scattering theory of excitons and of ultra-cold atoms, and light-matter interactions.

In the recent years, I developed a strong interest for energy-related problems and theories of irreversible thermodynamics, with a particular focus on thermoelectric systems. My experience in research thus covers different fields of theoretical physics that have a close relation to experimental activities. Many of my works were performed as part of international collaborations with theoreticians and experimentalists, and more recently with industrial partners, including EDF, a major French electric utility company.

As of now , I am principal and key co-author of 57 research publications on a wide range of topics in the physical sciences. Some of my recent works were highlighted by journals and in the Europhysics News. I am also an active referee for several major international peer-reviewed physics journals, and I served as a referee for the French National Research Agency for the Physics Committee to evaluate the progress of the funded projects of the 2009 programme “Theoretical Spectroscopy and Radiation-Matter Interactions”, and for the Sustainable Electricity Production and Management programme of 2012.

I have a significant experience of teaching and supervision in higher education systems, primarily as a first-year tutor at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, during my PhD studies, and as a temporary lecturer at the University of Caen, France (2004-2006) covering a wide range of topics of the physics curriculum essentially at undergraduate level. I also taught and personally supervised students at undergraduate and postgraduate levels while I was employed as a senior research associate (in 2007 and in 2011-2014). Moreover, I was actively involved in the daily supervision of one PhD student (2011-2013) and one junior postdoctoral researcher (2012-2013).

To complement my education and gain valuable and useful transferable new professional skills, I undertook a one-year training and gained a first-class postgraduate Master’s of Art (Université de Caen, France, 2016) to qualify as a European project manager.

  • Integration and control of heat and power systems with variable loads — microclimate control based on model predictive control approaches.
  • Thermodynamic models of biological systems — metabolic energy production and conversion to muscular mechanical energy.
  • Physical and chemical properties of water — development of new models of liquid water and electrical conductivity of aqueous solutions.
  • Open quantum systems – development of analytical and numerical methods based on tensor networks.
  • Engineering thermodynamics — Stirling cycle for refrigeration applications.
  • Thermoelectric energy conversion —  performance enhancement near electronic phase transitions

 

For more details, visit the group’s website (under construction).

Picture of my research groupimg_20181127_101015_666 and of my current collaborators for pedagogical activities.

From left to right: Alexander Ryzhov, Ilia Luchnikov, Yuriy Lyulin, me, Anna Sharova, Vasily Artemov, and Aliya Glagoleva. (Dmitry Smirnov was absent when we took the picture.)

 

 

 

 

Publications as of October 2018

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** Original articles listed by topics **
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Thermodynamics

A. Ryzhov, H. Ouerdane, E. Gryazina, A. Bischi, and K. Turitsyn
“Model predictive control of indoor microclimate: existing building stock comfort improvement”.
Energy Conversion and Management vol. 179, 219  (2019) — doi: 10.1016/j.enconman.2018.10.046

Y. Apertet, H. Ouerdane, C. Goupil, and Ph. Lecoeur
“True nature of the Curzon-Ahlborn efficiency”.
Physical Review E vol. 96, 022119 (2017) — doi: 10.1103/PhysRevE.96.022119

C. Goupil, H. Ouerdane, E. Herbert, G. Benenti, Y. D’Angelo, and Ph. Lecoeur
“Closed-loop approach to thermodynamics”.
Physical Review E vol. 94, 032136 (2016) — doi: 10.1103/PhysRevE.94.032136

G. Benenti, H. Ouerdane, and C. Goupil
“The thermoelectric working fluid: Thermodynamics and transport”.
Invited contribution to the Topical issue Mesoscopic Thermoelectric Phenomena of
Comptes Rendus de Physique vol. 17, 1072 (2016) — doi: 10.1016/j.crhy.2016.08.004

H. Ouerdane, Y. Apertet, C. Goupil, and Ph. Lecoeur
“Continuity and boundary conditions in thermodynamics: From Carnot’s efficiency to efficiencies at maximum power”.
Invited article to the Discussion and Debate The Carnot Principle Revisited: Towards New Extensions?
European Physical Journal — Special Topics vol. 224, 839 (2015) — doi: 10.1140/epjst/e2015-02431-x

J. M. R. Parrondo and H. Ouerdane
“Debate. Continuity and boundary conditions in thermodynamics: From Carnot’s efficiency to efficiencies at maximum power”.
European Physical Journal — Special Topics vol. 224, 862 (2015) — doi: 10.1140/epjst/e2015-02431-x

H. Ouerdane, J. M. R. Parrondo, L. Granger, and L. S. Schulman
“Debate. Maxwell demons in phase space”.
European Physical Journal — Special Topics vol. 224, 876 (2015) — doi: 10.1140/epjst/e2015-02432-9

H. Ouerdane and H. Qian
“Debate. Thermodynamics of the general diffusion process: Equilibrium supercurrent and nonequilibrium driven circulation with dissipation”.
European Physical Journal — Special Topics vol. 224, 797 (2015) — doi: 10.1140/epjst/e2015-02427-6

Y. Apertet, H. Ouerdane, C. Goupil, and Ph. Lecoeur
“Revisiting Feynman’s ratchet with thermoelectric transport theory”.
Physical Review E vol. 90, 012113 (2014) — doi: 10.1103/PhysRevE.90.012113

Y. Apertet, H. Ouerdane, A. Michot, C. Goupil, and Ph. Lecoeur
“On the efficiency at maximum cooling power”.
Europhysics Letters vol. 103, 40001 (2013) — doi: 10.1209/0295-5075/103/40001

Y. Apertet, H. Ouerdane, C. Goupil, and Ph, Lecoeur
“From local force-flux relationships to internal dissipations and their impact on heat engine performance: The illustrative case of a thermoelectric generator”.
Physical Review E vol. 88, 022137 (2013) — doi: 10.1103/PhysRevE.88.022137

Y. Apertet, H. Ouerdane, O. Glavatskaya, C. Goupil, and Ph. Lecoeur
Reply to the Comment on “Optimal working conditions for thermoelectric generators with realistic thermal coupling”.
Europhysics Letters vol. 101, 68008 (2013) — doi: 10.1209/0295-5075/101/68008

Y. Apertet, H. Ouerdane, C. Goupil, and Ph. Lecoeur
“Efficiency at maximum power of thermally coupled heat engines”.
Physical Review E vol. 85, 041144 (2012) — doi: 10.1103/PhysRevE.85.041144

Y. Apertet, H. Ouerdane, C. Goupil, and Ph. Lecoeur
“Irreversibilities and efficiency at maximum power of heat engines: The illustrative case of a thermoelectric generator”.
Physical Review E vol. 85, 031116 (2012) — doi: 10.1103/PhysRevE.85.031116

Y. Apertet, H. Ouerdane, O. Glavatskaya, C. Goupil, and Ph. Lecoeur
“Optimal working conditions for thermoelectric generators with realistic thermal coupling”.
* Selected as part of EPL’s Highlights of 2012 (Interdisciplinary topics) *
Europhysics Letters vol. 97, 28001 (2012) — doi: 10.1209/0295-5075/97/28001

 

Condensed matter physics

Y. Apertet and H. Ouerdane
“Small signal model for frequency analysis of thermoelectric systems”.
Energy Conversion and Management vol. 149, 564 (2017) — doi: 10.1016/j.enconman.2017.07.061

A. Abbout, H. Ouerdane, and C. Goupil
“Statistical analysis of the figure of merit of a two-level thermelectric system: A random matrix approach”.
Journal of the Physical Society of Japan vol. 85, 094704 (2016) — doi: 10.7566/JSPJ.85.094704

Y. Apertet, H. Ouerdane, C. Goupil, and Ph. Lecoeur
“A note on the electrochemical nature of thermoelectric power”.
The European Physical Journal Plus vol. 131, 76 (2016) — doi: 10.1140/epjp/i2016-16076-8

* See the highlight on EPJ’s portal Back to basics with thermoelectric power *

* See also the highlight in the issue 3 of the volume 47 of Europhysics news *

H. Ouerdane, A. A. Varlamov, A. V. Kavokin, C. Goupil, and C. B. Vining
“Enhanced thermoelectric coupling near electronic phase transition: the role of fluctuation Cooper pairs”.
Physical Review B vol. 91, 100501(R) (2015) — doi: 10.1103/PhysRevB.91.100501

H. Rotella, O. Copie, G. Mouillard-Stéciuk, H. Ouerdane, P. Boullay, P. Roussel, M. Morales, A. David,
A. Pautrat, B. Mercey, L. Lutterotti, D. Chateigner, and W. Prellier
“Structural analysis of strained LaVO3 thin films”.
Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter vol. 27, 175001 (2015) — doi: 10.1088/0953-8984/27/17/175001

Y. Apertet, H. Ouerdane, C. Goupil, and Ph. Lecoeur
“Equivalent parameters for series thermoelectrics”.
Energy Conversion and Management vol. 93, 160 (2015) — doi: 10.1016/j.enconman.2014.12.077

Y. Apertet, H. Ouerdane, C. Goupil, and Ph. Lecoeur
“Influence of thermal environment on optimal working conditions of thermoelectric generators”.
Journal of Applied Physics vol. 116, 144901 (2014) — doi: 10.1063/1.4897350

Y. Apertet, H. Ouerdane, C. Goupil, and Ph. Lecoeur
Comment on “Effective thermal conductivity in thermoelectric materials”.
Journal of Applied Physics vol. 115, 126101 (2014) — doi: 10.1063/1.4869138

A. Abbout, H. Ouerdane, and C. Goupil
“Mesoscopic thermoelectric transport near zero transmission energies”.
Physical Review B vol. 87, 155410 (2013) — doi: 10.1103/PhysRevB.87.155410

Y. Apertet, H. Ouerdane, C. Goupil, and Ph. Lecoeur
“Thermoelectric internal current loops inside inhomogeneous systems”.
Physical Review B vol. 85, 033201 (2012) — doi: 10.1103/PhysRevB.85.033201

H. Ouerdane
“Analytic model of effective screened Coulomb interactions in a multilayer system”.
Journal of Applied Physics vol. 110, 074905 (2011) — doi: 10.1063/1.3646482

P. Bogdanski and H. Ouerdane
“Coulomb singularities in scattering wave functions of spin-orbit-coupled states”.
Journal of Mathematical Physics vol. 52, 073515 (2011) — doi: 10.1063/1.3610667

M. M. Glazov, H. Ouerdane, L. Pilozzi, A. Kavokin, G. Malpuech, and A. D’Andrea
“Polariton-polariton scattering in microcavities: A microscopic theory”.
Physical Review B vol. 80, 155306 (2009) — doi: 10.1103/PhysRevB.80.155306

H. Ouerdane, R. Varache, I. Galbraith, and M.E. Portnoi
“Photon emission induced by elastic exciton-carrier scattering in semiconductor quantum-wells”.
The European Physical Journal B vol. 65, 195 (2008) — doi: 10.1140/epjb/e2008-00355-x

R. Frésard, H. Ouerdane, and T. Kopp
“Barnes slave-boson approach to the two-site single-impurity Anderson model with non-local interaction”.
Europhysics Letters, vol. 82, 31001 (2008) — doi: 10.1209/0295-5075/82/31001

D. D. Solnyshkov, H. Ouerdane, and G. Malpuech
“Kinetic phase diagrams of GaN-based polariton lasers”.
Journal of Applied Physics vol. 103, 016101 (2008) — doi: 10.1063/1.2822148

D. D. Solnyshkov, H. Ouerdane, M. Glazov, I. Shelykh, and G. Malpuech
“Bose glass and superfluid phase transitions of exciton-polaritons in GaN microcavities”.
Solid State Communications vol. 144, 390 (2007) — doi: 10.1016/j.ssc.2007.07.046

R. Frésard, H. Ouerdane, and T. Kopp
“Slave bosons in radial gauge: a bridge between path integral and Hamiltonian language”.
Nuclear Physics B vol. 785, 286 (2007) — doi: 10.1016/j.nuclphysb.2007.05.025

G. Malpuech, D. D. Solnyshkov, H. Ouerdane, M. Glazov, and I. Shelykh
“Bose glass and superfluid phases of cavity polaritons”.
Physical Review Letters vol. 98, 206402 (2007) — doi: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.98.206402

P. Bogdanski and H. Ouerdane
“Scattering states of coupled valence-band holes in point defect potential derived from variable phase theory”.
Physical Review B vol. 74, 085210 (2006) — doi: 10.1103/PhysRevB.74.085210

S. Fahy, A. Lindsay, H. Ouerdane, and E. P. O’Reilly
“Alloy scattering of n-type carriers in GaN_xAs_1-x”.
Physical Review B vol. 74, 035203 (2006) — doi: 10.1103/PhysRevB.74.035203

H. Ouerdane, G. Papageorgiou, I. Galbraith, A.K. Kar, and B.S. Wherrett
“Ultrafast pump-probe dynamics in ZnSe-based semiconductor quantum-wells”.
Journal of the Optical Society of America B vol. 19, 2022 (2002) — doi: 10.1364/JOSAB.19.002022

 

Atomic physics

M. J. Jamieson and H. Ouerdane
“Parameters for cold collisions of lithium and caesium atoms”.
Chinese Physics Letters vol. 28 , 060308 (2011) — doi: 10.1088/0256-307X/28/06/060308

M. J. Jamieson and H. Ouerdane
“Error cancellation in the semiclassical calculation of the scattering length”.
The European Physical Journal D vol. 61, 373 (2011) — doi: 10.1140/epjd/e2010-10498-x

H. Ouerdane and M. J. Jamieson
Comment on “Scattering length for fermionic alkali atoms”.
The European Physical Journal D vol. 57, 325 (2010) — doi: 10.1140/epjd/e2010-00064-1

M. J. Jamieson, A. S.-C. Cheung, and H. Ouerdane
“Dependence of the scattering length for hydrogen atoms on effective mass”.
The European Physical Journal D vol. 56, 181 (2010) — doi: 10.1140/epjd/e2009-00280-8

H. Ouerdane and M. J. Jamieson
“S-wave and p-wave scattering in a cold gas of Na and Rb atoms”.
The European Physical Journal D vol. 53, 27 (2009) — doi: 10.1140/epjd/e2009-00042-8

M. J. Jamieson, A. S.-C. Cheung, H. Ouerdane, G.-H. Jeung, and N. Geum
“S-wave scattering lengths and effective ranges for collisions of ground state Be atoms”.
Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics vol. 40, 3497 (2007) — doi: 10.1088/0953-4075/40/17/016

H. Ouerdane and M. J. Jamieson
“A note on the calculation of the effective range”
Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics vol. 37, 3765 (2004) — doi: 10.1088/0953-4075/37/18/016

H. Ouerdane and M. J. Jamieson
“Scattering parameters for cold Li-Rb and Na-Rb collisions derived from variable phase theory”.
Physical Review A vol. 70, 022712 (2004) — doi: 10.1103/PhysRevA.70.022712

H. Ouerdane, M. J. Jamieson, D. Vrinceanu, and M. J. Cavagnero
“The variable phase method used to calculate and correct scattering lengths”.
Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics vol. 36, 4055 (2003) — doi: 10.1088/0953-4075/36/19/013

M.J. Jamieson, H. Sarbazi-Azad, H.Ouerdane, G.-H. Jeung, Y. S. Lee, and W. C. Lee
“Elastic scattering of cold rubidium and caesium atoms”.
Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics vol. 36, 1085 (2003) — doi: 10.1088/0953-4075/36/6/301

 

Physical chemistry

H. Ouerdane, B. Gervais, H. Zhou, M. Beuve, and J.-Ph. Renault
Radiolysis of water confined in porous silica: a simulation study of the physico-chemical yields”.
Journal of Physical Chemistry C, Surfaces, Interfaces, Catalysis vol. 114, 12667 (2010) — doi: 10.1021/jp103127j

 

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** Conference proceedings **
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J. G. Stockholm, C. Goupil, P. Maussion, and H. Ouerdane
“Transient thermoelectric generator: An active load story”.
Journal of Electronic Materials vol. 44, 1768 (2015) — doi: 10.1007/s11664-014-3545-z

Y. Apertet, H. Ouerdane, C. Goupil, and Ph. Lecoeur
“Internal convection in thermoelectric generator models”.
Journal of Physics: Conference Series, vol. 395, 012203 (2012) — doi: 10.1088/1742-6596/395/1/012103

L. Pilozzi, M. M. Glazov, H. Ouerdane, G. Malpuech, A. Kavokin, and A. D’Andrea
“Spin-dependent polariton-polariton scattering in planar microcavities”.
Superlattices and Microstructures, vol. 47, 1 (2010) — doi: 10.1016/j.spmi.2009.07.028

 

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** Book chapters **
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A. Vargas Almeida, M. A. Olivares-Robles, and H. Ouerdane
“Performance Analysis of Composite Thermoelectric Generators” — doi: 10.5772/66143
Thermoelectrics for Power Generation – A Look at Trends in the Technology, pp. 511-539.
Sergey Skipidarov and Mikhail Nikitin, Editors (InTech, 2016) — Print ISBN: 9789535128458 — Online ISBN: 9789535128465

K. Zabrocki, C. Goupil, H. Ouerdane, E. Mьller, and W. Seifert
“Segmented Devices and Networking of TE Elements” — doi: 10.1002/9783527338405.ch3
Continuum theory and modeling of thermoelectric elements, pp. 157-176.
C. Goupil, Editor (Wiley-VCH, 2015) — Print ISBN: 9783527413379 — Online ISBN: 9783527338405
doi: 10.1002/9783527338405

K. Zabrocki, C. Goupil, H. Ouerdane, Y. Apertet, W. Seifert, and E. Mьller
“Continuum Theory of TE Elements” — doi: 10.1002/978352733840.ch2
Continuum theory and modeling of thermoelectric elements, pp. 75-156.
C. Goupil, Editor (Wiley-VCH, 2015) — Print ISBN: 9783527413379 — Online ISBN: 9783527338405
doi: 10.1002/9783527338405

C. Goupil, H. Ouerdane, K. Zabrocki, W. Seifert, N. F. Hinsche, and E. Mьller
“Thermodynamics and Thermoelectricity” — doi: 10.1002/9783527338405.ch1
Continuum theory and modeling of thermoelectric elements, pp. 1-74.
C. Goupil, Editor (Wiley-VCH, 2015) — Print ISBN: 9783527413379 — Online ISBN: 9783527338405
doi: 10.1002/9783527338405

H. Ouerdane, Y. Apertet, C. Goupil, A. Michot, and A. Abbout
“A linear nonequilibrium thermodynamics approach to optimization of thermoelectric devices”.
Invited chapter in Thermoelectric Nanomaterials, K. Koumoto et T. Mori Editors.
Springer Series in Materials Science, vol. 182, pp. 323-351 (2013) — ISBN 978-3-642-37536-1
doi: 10.1007/978-3-642-37537-8_14

C. Goupil, H. Ouerdane, et Y. Apertet
“Thermoélectricité: thermodynamique et applications”.
Invited contribution to:
Techniques de l’Ingénieur, BE8080 (2013).
Link to the document: BE8080

* Doctor of Philosophy degree in Physics, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK (2002)

* Master’s of Art in European project management, Université de Caen, France, (2016)

* Master of Advanced Studies (DEA) in Statistical Physics with a major in disordered systems, Université de Cergy-Pontoise (1997)

* Master of Physics with a major in nuclear physics, Université de Caen, France, (1996)

Research interests: condensed matter physics; classical, irreversible, finite-time, quantum, and statistical thermodynamics; scattering theory: ultra-cold atoms, carriers in solid-state systems; applied physics: energy systems.

Past scientific projects:

* Thermodynamics of thermoelectricity near phase transitions (Russian Quantum Center; 2014)

* Thermoelectricity and finite-time thermodynamics: optimization of the working conditions of thermogenerators and refrigerators as part of two industrial projects (CNRT Matériaux, CRISMAT laboratory — CNRS;  LIED laboratory — Université Paris Diderot, RQC; 2011 — 2016)

* Physical chemistry of water under irradiation (CIMAP laboratory — CNRS; 2008 — 2010)

* Physics of microcavity exciton-polaritons: phase diagrams, and scattering theory of composite bosons (LASMEA; 2006–2008)

*  Theory of strongly correlated electron systems: functional integral approach to the single impurity Anderson model with a slave boson formalism (CRISMAT laboratory; 2004 — 2006)

* Influence of alloy disorder on electron mobility in dilute nitrides semiconductors (Tyndall National Institute; 2004)

* Collisions of ultra-cold alkali and hydrogen atoms: development of numerical methods for the computation of low-energy scattering data (University of Glasgow; 2002 — 2003)

* Optical properties of semiconductor quantum wells: numerical modeling of ultrafast pump-and-probe experiments with spin-selective excitation in II-VI semiconductor quantum wells, and electron-exciton scattering in 2D electron-hole plasmas using the variable phase method (Heriot-Watt University; 1998 — 2001)

 

Other (non-scientific) projects:

* L’euro concurrent du dollar? (The euro, a contender of the US dollar? ) — Master’s project in economy, with Léa Minier, 24 pages + appendices (Université de Caen; 2016).

* Conditions de réussite d’un projet issu des SHS à un appel à projets Horizon 2020 (Conditions for success of a social sciences & humanities (SSH) project in a Horizon 2020 call) — Master’s project in European project management, with Héloïse Blandin, Joséphine Rosès, Jean Baptiste Morin and Marie-Laure Lacides, 48 pages + appendices (Université de Caen; 2016).

Indicators of esteem 

* Visiting position

* Institutional responsibilities

* Commissions of trust

  • Referee for 14 peer reviewed international physics journals, including the Physical Review Letters, the Physical Review A, B, E, Applied Physics Letters, Journal of Applied Physics, Journal of Low Temperature Physics, The European Physical Journal B, Journal of Luminescence, The Central European Journal of Physics, Optical and Quantum Electronics, Entropy, Energy Conversion and Management, Physica A.
  • Expert referee for the French National Research Agency, for the PROGELEC (Production Renouvelable et Gestion de l’Electricité  / Sustainable Electricity Production and Management) programme of 2012, Paris, France (04/2012 – 05/2012).
  • Referee for the Physics Committee (Comité Scientifique Disciplinaire – CSD 4 – Physique) of the French National Research Agency to evaluate the progress of the funded projects of the 2009 programme “Theoretical Spectroscopy and Radiation-Matter Interactions”, Paris, France (10/04/2012).

* Memberships of scientific societies

* Merit-based Scholarship

* On the 30th of November 2018, together with my PhD student Ilia Luchnikov and our collaborators, Stepan Vintskevich and Sergey Filippov, at the MIPT Laboratory of Quantum Information Theory, we submitted our article: “Simulation complexity of open quantum dynamics: connection with tensor networks” to the Physical Review Letters. The arXiv version is available here.

* On the 30th of November 2018, together with Alexei Kiselev of the Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research, Atmospheric and Aerosol Research at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany, we submitted our joint project: “Electric properties and structure of water near natural interfaces ” to the Helmholtz Association – Russian Science Foundation in the frame of the call: Helmholtz  RSF Joint Research Groups, in the area of “Structure and dynamics of matter”.

* On the 29th of November 2018, together with my French collaborators, Christophe Goupil and Eric Herbert (LIED – Paris Diderot University), Yves D’Angelo (Laboratoire J. A. Dieudonné, Nice Sophia-Antipolis University) and Clémence Goupil (Hôpital Hôtel-Dieu, Assistance Publique/Hôpitaux de Paris), we submitted our article: “Thermodynamics of metabolic energy conversion under muscle load” to the New Journal of Physics.

* On the 8th and 9th of November 2018, my PhD student Dmitry Smirnov participated to the International Conference on Future Breakthroughs in Science and Society — “Falling Walls Lab“, in Berlin, Germany.

* On the 29th of October 2018, I started teaching my 6-credit course “Energy systems physics and engineering” — see syllabus here.

* On the 15th of October 2018, our article: “Model predictive control of indoor microclimate: existing building stock comfort improvement” has been accepted for publication in Energy Conversion and Management. Since October 26, it is available online through the doi link: 10.1016/j.enconman.2018.10.046.

* On the 1st of October 2018, our new colleague Dr. Vasily Artemov, joined my group at Skoltech. Vasily’s main research activities will be devoted to the experimental and theoretical studies of water and aqueous solutions for energy applications. Part of his work is done in collaboration with the University of Stuttgart, Germany, where he has performed dielectric spectroscopy experiments of water confined in porous media.

* On the 12th of September 2018, our new colleague Dr. Yuriy Lyulin, joined my group at Skoltech in the frame of our Next Generation project. Yuriy’s main research activity will be devoted to the problem of heat transfer in two-phase vapor chambers for power and micro electronics.

* On the 11th of September 2018, Dr. Alexander Ryzhov and I presented our “innovation project” at the Innovation Workshop held at Skoltech during the whole month. Our challenge, which is related to our work on indoor microclimate control in the frame of our “Next Generation project”, is to design a smart microclimate control systems that adapts in real time to the state of the power grid to avoid adding to the peak demand problem while energy-efficient solutions for comfort are implemented by the control system. Click on the link to download the 10-minute presentation slides.

* On the 8th of September 2018, together with my PhD student Dmitry Smirnov, and our collaborators at Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University, and the company Thermal Motors, we submitted our joint article: “Optimal piston sealing for Stirling refrigerators: Experimental study of a high-tolerance piston-cylinder pair” to the Internal Journal of Refrigeration. The paper is under review.

*  My PhD student Dmitry Smirnov won the Falling Walls Lab Moscow competition on June 6, 2018.
Dmitry will present his works on the Stirling cyle-based shock freezer at the International Conference on Future Breakthroughs in Science and Society in Berlin, 8-9 November, 2018.

* On the 25th of June 2018, together with my Skoltech colleagues Dr. Alexander Ryzhov, Prof. Aldo Bischi, Prof. Elena Gryazina, and our MIT collaborator Prof. Konstantin Turitsyn, we submitted our joint article: “Model predictive control of indoor microclimate: existing building stock comfort improvement” to Energy Conversion and Management. The paper is under review.

* 5th of March 2018: the first phase of the Polygon development is finished. The Polygon is the experimental facility we designed and built in room 403 of the blue building, to experimentally study indoor microclimate control, and in time collect data to feed machine learning algorithms for AI-based approches to control. The Polygon is fitted with sensors (CO2, temperature, humidity), people counter, and actuators (radiators and HVAC) connected to a dedicated server for data acquisition and processing. The success of this first phase owes much to the efforts of Dmitry Zhestkov and  Alexander Ryzhov.

* On the 28th of July 2017, our joint article with Yann Apertet: “Small-signal model for frequency analysis of thermoelectric systems” was been accepted for publication in Energy Conversion and Management. Since the 4th of August 2017 , it is available online through the doi link: 10.1016/j.enconman.2017.07.061.

* On the 27th of July 2017, our joint article with Yann Apertet (formerly Institut d’Electronique Fondamentale, now C2N, Orsay, France), Christophe Goupil (LIED – Paris Diderot University) and Philippe Lecoeur ( C2N) : “True nature of the Curzon-Ahlborn efficiency” was accepted for publication in the Physical Review E. Since the 9th of August 2017 , it is available online through the doi link: 10.1103/PhysRevE.96.022119.

* On the 1st of June 2017, Dr. Alexander Ryzhov joined our team to work in the frame of  our project “Integration and control of heat and power systems with variable loads” funded by the Next Generation SkT-MIT programme . Alexander’s efforts will be focused on the development of a model predictive control approach to indoor microclimate control. He will also help with the design and setup of the future dedicated experimental facility at Skoltech.

— older, pre-Skoltech, news —

* Y. Apertet, H. Ouerdane, C. Goupil, and Ph. Lecoeur
“A note on the electrochemical nature of thermoelectric power”.
The European Physical Journal Plus vol. 131, 76 (2016) — doi: 10.1140/epjp/i2016-16076-8

 

* Y. Apertet, H. Ouerdane, O. Glavatskaya, C. Goupil, and Ph. Lecoeur
“Optimal working conditions for thermoelectric generators with realistic thermal coupling”.
Europhysics Letters vol. 97, 28001 (2012) — doi: 10.1209/0295-5075/97/28001


vasilyartemov
Vasily Artemov
Senior Research Scientist
yuriylyulin
Yuriy Lyulin
Research Scientist
alexanderryzhov
Alexander Ryzhov
Research Scientist
dmitrysmirnov
Dmitry Smirnov
PhD student

Academic year 2018 — 2019

I will teach two graduate 6-credit courses during terms 2 and 3.

  • Energy systems physics and engineering – starting term 2.  The syllabus is available here.
  • Nonequilibrium processes in energy conversion – starting term 3. The syllabus is available here (not fully completed yet).

Both courses are suitable to Master and PhD students who have an interest in energy conversion physics and technology.

  • Variable phase approach to potential scattering: application to ultra-cold atomic collisions — houerdane_vpm

ФИО: Хенни Уэрдан
Занимаемая должность (должности): Старший преподаватель
Преподаваемые дисциплины: Термодинамика
Ученая степень: Ph.D, Университет Хериота-Уатта,  Эдинбург, Великобритания, 2002 г.
Ученое звание: Старший преподаватель
Наименование направления подготовки и/или специальности: Физика
Данные о повышении квалификации и/или профессиональной переподготовке: Менеджер Европейский проекта
Общий стаж работы: 15 года
Стаж работы по специальности: 15 года