Analysis of a Poisson–Nernst–Planck–Fermi model for ion transport in biological channels and nanopores (Annamaria Massimini, Vienna University of Technology)

Séminaire « Analyse numérique et équations aux dérivées partielles »
Salle de séminaire du M3

In this talk, we analyse a Poisson-Nernst-Planck-Fermi model to describe the evolution of a mixture of finite size ions in liquid electrolytes, which move through biological membranes or nanopores. The ion concentrations solve a cross-diffusion system  in a bounded domain with mixed Dirichlet-Neumann boundary conditions. A drift term due to the electric potential is also present in  the equations. The latter is coupled to the concentrations through a Poisson-Fermi equation. The novelty and the advantage of this model is to take into account ion-ion correlations, which is really important in case of strong electrostatic coupling and high ion concentrations. The global-in-time existence of bounded weak solutions is proved, employing the boundedness-by-entropy  method, extended to nonhomogeneous boundary conditions. Furthermore, the weak-strong uniqueness result is also presented.

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