NIC Workshop HYBRID 2013
From 4-7 March 2013, the NIC Workshop "Hybrid Particle-Continuum Methods in Computational Materials Physics" was held at JSC. It was organized jointly by the NIC research group "Computational Materials Physics" and the Institute for Advanced Simulation. The goal of the workshop was to foster the exchange of ideas between the communities working on complex fluids and on complex solids. 65 participants learnt about the new developments in hybrid particle-continuum methods from 15 invited and 10 contributed talks as well as from 30 posters.
During the workshop, particular emphasis was placed on continuum-mediated interactions between particles, as well as on the adaptive and non-adaptive coupling between particle-based and continuum-based descriptions of materials. The subjects covered included the modeling of hydrodynamic interactions between particles in complex fluids or environments, through coarse-grained descriptions of biological systems, to the coupling of atomically represented regions with various continuum-based theories for fluids and solids. Special methodological aspects were long time scale properties of systems with slow collective dynamics, the development of efficient adaptive resolution algorithms, and the coupling of quantum-mechanically treated regions with continuum descriptions.