Pep Español is Profesor Titular at the Fundamental Physics Department of Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia in Spain. He leads a research groupin Madrid that focus on particle methods for the simulation of complex fluids and on the development of new ideas in order to coarse-grain molecular systems efficiently and faithfully. Pep Español studied Physics in Barcelona and moved to Madrid during his doctoral studies. In 1992 he finished his PhD thesis, which was done also in part at the ETH-Zürich under the supervision of Prof. Öttinger. He spent the next two years at the Cavendish Laboratory of the University of Cambridge in the group of Sir Sam Edwards. Back to Spain he started his independent research group and got in 1998 his permanent position at the Fundamental Physics Department of UNED where he stays since then.
Pep Español is the current Spanish representative at CECAM (Centre Européen de Calcul Atomique et Moléculaire) and has been involved in the set up of the Spanish node of CECAM in Zaragoza, to start in 2009.
He is author of 60 publications that have received more than 1200 citations.
Despite the sustained increase in computational resources, many complex proceses in material science, complex fluids flow, and biological systems cannot be represented in full atomic detail. The present project will focus on the fundamental understanding of the process of coarse-graining and its application to specific examples as the coarse-graining of big molecules like star polymers, groupings of carbon atoms in carbon nanotube systems, or the formulation of fluid particle models for the simulation of flows with free surfaces.
- Incompressible Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics , M. Ellero, M. Serrano and P. Español, Journal of Computational Physics 226, 1731 (2007)
- Dynamic Boltzmann free-energy functional theory, J.G. Anero and P. Español, Europhys. Lett. 78, 50005 (2007)
- Markovian approximation in a coarse-grained description of a atomic systems , C. Hijon, M. Serrano, and P. Español, Journal Chemical Physics 125, 204101 (2006)
- Microscopic derivation of hydrodynamic equations for phase separating fluid mixtures , Pep Español and Cedric Thieulot, J. Chem. Phys. 118, 9109 (2003).
- Smoothed dissipative particle dynamics, Pep Español and Mariano Revenga, Phys. Rev. E 67 , 026705 (2003).
- Thermodynamically admissible form for discrete hydrodynamics, Pep Español, Mar Serrano and Hans Christian Öttinger, Phys. Rev. Lett. 83, 4542 (1999).
- Statistical mechanics of Dissipative Particle Dynamics, P. Español and P. Warren, Europhysics Letters 30, 191 (1995). Featuring in the '25 Most cited articles from EPL Historic Archive' collection.