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Gibbs Free Energy and the Grand Potential

  1. Aug 12, 2013 #1
    Gibbs Free Energy is the appropriate potential when there is both heat exchange and mechanical work (G=E-TS+PV). On the other hand the grand potential is appropriate when there is heat exchange and chemical work (g=E-TS-μN).
    Is there any issue in defining a potential of the form (E-TS-μN+PV) such that it is conserved in some ensemble? If there is no problem, is there a consensus on a name for such potential and its corresponding ensemble?
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  3. Aug 13, 2013 #2


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    The problem is probably that the corresponding potential vanishes identically as G=mu N and g=-PV. You need the potential to depend on at least one extensive variable. If not, you can no longer specify the amount of substance you are talking about.
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