Vilde Bråten started her PhD in the autumn of 2018. In her PhD, she will bring new insight on the thermodynamics of nano-systems. It is well known that the thermodynamics of nano-systems differs from bulk-behavior, and this is often referred to as finite-size effects. Thus far, the finite-size effects have been undesired e.g. in molecular simulations. However, with the introduction of nanotechnology comes the need to understand the behavior of small systems and these finite-size effects. In her PhD, Vilde will build on the work by T. Hill on the thermodynamics of small systems, and the ultimate aim is to develop thermodynamic methodology and understanding of molecular machines in order to explore the potential of these devices in technological and scientific applications.