Faculty Information

Andre C. BaratoAndre C. Barato

Assistant Professor
Department of Physics

Office: Science & Research 1, 627
Contact: barato@uh.edu - (713) 743-3023

Education: Ph.D., University of Würzburg

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Dr. Andre C. Barato’s main research focus is on stochastic thermodynamics. This theoretical framework generalizes standard thermodynamics to small systems with large fluctuations that can be arbitrarily far from equilibrium. A key conceptual element is the definition of entropy (heat and work) at the level of a single stochastic trajectory. The main result of the field is the fluctuation theorem that constrains the probability distribution of this fluctuating entropy, implying a generalization of the second law of thermodynamics. Stochastic thermodynamics applies to, inter alia, small biological systems, single molecules, small electronic systems such as quantum dots, and colloidal particles. He has a particular interest in uncovering universal relations that constrain fluctuations in nonequilibrium systems and in applications related to biophysics.

Honors and Awards

  • NJP Outstanding Reviewers of 2016
  • Journal of Physics A Best Paper Prize 2018