Welcome to the annual Midwest Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics Conference (MTSM), a regional meeting for interdisciplinary researchers in all aspects of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics.

JUNE 7-8, 2023

A distinctive feature of the MTSM Conference is its focus on researchers in the early stages of their academic careers, bringing together faculty and students from diverse fields for the exchange of new research results and ideas.

Conference Format
The conference format provides an ideal forum for undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral scientists, and junior professors to present their work; many of whom will be first-time presenters. This unique opportunity engages researchers in intense discussions about topics of similar interest, enabling camaraderie within other groups and fostering sustained research programs, continuity of accumulated knowledge, collaborations, and graduate and postgraduate opportunities.

Research topics include:

• Self-assembly
• Phase transitions
• Macromolecular dynamics
• Macroscopic material properties
• Experimental, theoretical, and computational thermodynamics
• Statistical mechanics

Attendance typically spans the Midwestern and nearby states, including Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Pennsylvania, yet all interested researchers are welcome to attend.

Important Dates
• Registration deadline: May 20.
• Students, postdocs, and faculty are invited to submit a presentation abstract by May 15.
• Students and faculty are invited to submit a poster abstract by May 20.

Conference History
Ali Mansoori of the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Illinois, Chicago, started the MTSM Conference in 1988. It has since become an annual event, drawing students and faculty from all over the Midwest (and beyond) to discuss their latest work in thermodynamics and statistical mechanics in an informal, yet focused atmosphere. Professor Mansoori organized the first meeting, held at Williams Bay, Wisconsin, and the subsequent meeting the following year in 1989. Interested participants have hosted the conference since then. This year’s conference marks the 32nd MTSM Conference in its history.