Apr 19, 2018 Houston, Texas8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

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You are invited to join us at COMSOL Day Houston for a day of minicourses, talks by invited speakers, and the opportunity to exchange ideas with other simulation specialists in the COMSOL community.

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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.

Invited Speakers

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.

Coffee Break

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.

Break for Lunch
Parallel Minicourses
Subsurface Flow Minicourse

Get a brief overview of using the Subsurface Flow Module within the COMSOL® software environment.

Electromagnetics Minicourse

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.

Coffee Break
Parallel Minicourses
Corrosion Minicourse

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.

Large-Scale Modeling and Optimization Minicourse

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.

Coffee Break
Parallel Minicourses
Pipe Flow and Pipeline Applications Minicourse

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.

Acoustics and Structural Mechanics Minicourse

Get a brief overview of using the Acoustics Module and Structural Mechanics Module within the COMSOL® software environment.

COMSOL Day Details


Hotel Derek
2525 West Loop South
Houston, Texas 77027

COMSOL Speakers

David Kan
David Kan is COMSOL's vice president of sales for the southwestern region of the US. He set up the Los Angeles branch office of COMSOL in 2001 and received a PhD in applied mathematics from UCLA in 1999.
Leo Hwang
Leo Hwang has been working as an applications and technical sales engineer in COMSOL's Los Angeles office since 2005. He received his MSc in mechanical engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
Ping Chu
Ping Chu is an applications engineer specializing in electromagnetics and optics. Prior to joining COMSOL in 2012, Ping received her PhD in condensed matter physics from the University of California, Irvine, investigating the plasmonic and ferromagnetic properties of metallic nanostructures.
Shankar Krishnan
Shankar Krishnan has been working as an applications engineer at COMSOL's Los Angeles office since 2012. He received his PhD in aerospace engineering from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.
Andy Cai
Andy Cai joined COMSOL's Los Angeles office in 2015. Previously, he received his PhD in geophysics from Yale in 2014 and spent a year at the University of Maryland, College Park for postdoctoral work.

Invited Speakers

Alessandro Alabastri
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.

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