Utrecht University is the largest university of The Netherlands. Its Science Faculty includes departments of physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology, and computer science. The research group relevant for this proposal is a part of the Institute for Theoretical Physics and studies a broad range of topics in the area of liquids and soft-matter, often in close collaboration with experimental groups. The group has a strong track record in the study of the equilibrium phase behaviour of colloidal dispersions, not only liquid crystalline states of sterically-stabilised (“hard”) non-spherical colloids but also fluid and crystalline states of charge-stabilized colloids in a screening electrolyte. Both bulk properties (phase diagrams, structure, dynamics) and interfacial phenomena (wetting, adsorption, capillarity, electric double layers) have been studied. During the last few years a transition has been taking place towards the thermodynamic and hydrodynamic analysis and statistical-physics modelling of devices, e.g. charging-discharging cycles in blue-energy devices to harvest renewable energy out of salt gradients and osmotic flow effects in polymer translocation processes through nano-size pores. This involves detailed models of fluid-solid interfaces, e.g. of electrodes in (polarized) water with fluctuating clouds of screening ions, including electrokinetic effects and hydrodynamic flow. Very recently, the group also started to analyse temperature effects in blue-energy devices and the coupling of adsorption and flow in nanochannels. The group is familiar with theories, tools, and methods such as (i) classical (dynamic) density functional theory; (ii) liquid-state theory; (iii) thermodynamics and electrokinetics of supercapacitors; (iv) wetting, adsorption, capillarity, interfacial phenomena; (v) solving (partial differential) equations on grids; (vi) developing numerical algorithms for Monte Carlo simulations.