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MoD-PMI 2017

Third International Workshop on Models and Data for Plasma-Material Interaction in Fusion Devices (MoD-PMI 2017)

22-24 May 2017, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Jülich, Germany


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Invited speakers
Scientific committee
Local organizers
Important dates
Scientific programme
Abstract submission
Format of the meeting
Getting to Jülich
Getting to Forschungszentrum


The International Workshop on Models and Data for Plasma-Material Interaction in Fusion Devices (MoD -PMI 2017) is organized in cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for the third time, initiated by the joint ICTP-IAEA Conference on MoD-PMI held in Trieste, 3-7 November 2014.

Following the ICTP event, the First International Workshop on MoD-PMI was held in Marseille, 25-28 May 2015 and the 2nd International Workshop on MoD-PMI was held in Loughborough, 22-24 June 2016.

This year MoD-PMI is organized as a satellite meeting to the 16th International Conference on Plasma-Facing Materials and Components for Fusion Applications (PFMC-16).

As the predecessors, the third workshop in this series is intended to bring together researchers from the areas of fusion energy and materials science to review advances, both experimental and in the modelling, in study and understanding of processes relevant to plasma-material interaction in fusion devices.

The workshop aims to provide a bridge between fundamental and multi-scale computations and interpretation of experimental data. A variety of processes to be addressed spans a wide range of scales and includes material erosion, transport and trapping of hydrogen and helium in fusion relevant materials, as well as changes in the material microstructure, composition and morphology.


The workshop will cover all topics related to advances in computational and experimental studies of PMI processes and evolution of microstructural materials in fusion devices, with a focus on hydrogen transport and trapping in candidate fusion reactor materials, as well as on helium and neutron irradiation related changes of material properties.
Specific topics are detailed in the following:

  • Direct use of first-principles quantum-mechanical codes (DFT and beyond) to study irradiated microstructures and trapping/transport of hydrogen and helium in fusion reactor materials
  • Optimization of parameters in semi-empirical codes from electronic structure calculations in the form of interaction potentials and transition rates for classical models
  • Molecular Dynamics, Kinetic Monte-Carlo, Rate equation studies of PMI, radiation damage processes and morphology evolution
  • Integrated, accelerated approaches and multi-scale simulations involving neutron-induced nuclear reactions, transmutation and thermo-mechanical properties under prolonged operation times in reactor materials
  • Uncertainty quantification of theoretical and experimental PMI data
  • Implantation of energetic particles, physical and chemical sputtering of materials in plasma
  • Changes in surface compositions, morphology and material microstructure due to plasma –material interaction and neutron irradiation
  • Experimental approaches and setups including thermal desorption spectroscopy (TDS), positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), permeation experiments, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and other microscopies like STM and AFM

Invited speakers

Robert Kolasinksi, Sandia National Laboratory, USA
Petra Hansen, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany
Paramita Mukherjee, Variable Energy Cyclotron Center (VECC), India (to be confirmed)
Yue Yuan, Beihang University, PR China
Fei Gao, University of Michigan, USA
Chad Parish, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA
Kazuto Arakawa, Shimane University, Japan
Yuri Gasparyan, National Research Nuclear University “MEPhI”, Russia
Fabienne Ribeiro, Institut de Radioprotection et de Sûreté Nucléaire, FRANCE
Pratheek Shanthraj, Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung, Germany
Davide Curreli, University of Illinois, USA
Andrea Sand, University of Helsinki, Finland
Andree de Backer, Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, UK
Alfredo Correa, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA
Valery Kurnaev, National Research Nuclear University “MEPhI”, Russia
Stefaan Cottenier, Ghent University, Belgium
Daniel Wortmann, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany
Yu-wei You, Institute of Solid State Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, PR China
Pascal Larregaray, Centre national de la recherche scientifique, France
Jijun Zhao, Dalian University, PR China
Takuji Oda, Seoul National University, South Korea

Scientific committee

Jean-Paul ALLAIN, University of Illinois, USA
Bastiaan BRAAMS
Hyun-Kyung CHUNG, International Atomic Energy Agency, Austria
Gregory DE TEMMERMAN, ITER Organisation, France
Yves FERRO, Aix-Marseille Université, France
Maria GANCHENKOVA, Moscow Engineering Physics Institute, Russia
Daiji KATO, National Institute for Fusion Science, Japan
Predrag KRSTIC, Stony Brook University, USA
Christian LINSMEIER, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany
Jörg NEUGEBAUER, Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung, Germany
Kai NORDLUND, University of Helsinki, Finland
Takuji ODA, Seoul National University, Korea
Klaus SCHMID, Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik, Germany
Manoj WARRIER, BARC Visakhapatnam, India
Brian WIRTH, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, USA
Hong-Bo ZHOU, Beihang University, PR China

Local organizers

Christian LINSMEIER (Chair)
Andreas KIRSCHNER (Co-Chair)
Dmitry MATVEEV (Co-Chair)

Important dates

Deadline for abstract submission: 26 March 2017
Deadline for registration: 30 April 2017

Scientific programme

The scientific programme of the workshop can be downloaded here

Abstract submission

The deadline for the abstract submission is 26 March 2017. Oral and poster presentations are welcome. A one page abstract must be submitted using the template available here.

Please email your abstract and oral/poster preference to (cc


For the participation in the workshop a registration fee of 60 EUR will be collected that will cover the costs for lunches and coffee breaks. Please send your free-form registration request to


For participants who require a visa to travel to the EU, an invitation letter will be provided to facilitate the visa application process. For this purpose please send an invitation letter request to the local organizers (, providing your passport details (nationality, passport number, issue and expiry dates).

Format of the meeting

Mod-PMI 2017 will be held in Forschungszentrum Jülich, one of the large interdisciplinary research institutions in Europe. The meeting will start on Monday morning (22nd May) and finish by the midday of Wednesday (24 May).
Oral contributions are foreseen from 9:00 to 12:00 on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, as well as from about 14:00 to about 17:00 on Monday and Tuesday. Posters will be displayed during the entire event starting from Monday morning and will be available for discussions during coffee breaks.

Getting to Jülich

The historic town of Jülich is located in a triangle formed by the cities of Aachen, Cologne (Köln) and Düsseldorf. Cologne-Bonn Airport and Düsseldorf Airport are the right choice for the flight destination. Fast train connections to Aachen, Cologne and Düsseldorf are available from Frankfurt, Brussels and Paris. To get to Jülich, take a local train on the route Aachen <-> Cologne with a stop in Düren, from where there is a private company railway connection (Rurtalbahn) to Jülich. To find a proper train connection, timetable and to book tickets, go to the official Deutsche Bahn website. More information and maps can be found here. The Jülich tourist city map can be found here

Getting to Forschungszentrum

There will be a bus transport for participants organized on the days of the meeting from hotel Kaiserhof to Forschungszentrum Jülich.
There is also a public bus connection from Jülich to Forschungszentrum. The bus timetable (is provided here (line SB20) and here (line 220).
Alternatively, you can take a train (Rurtalbahn) from the Jülich Hauptbahnhof train station to the next station in the direction of Düren, which is Forschungszentrum, from where there is a conjugate shuttle bus connection (line 219) to the research center (or approximately 20 minutes to reach the main entrance by foot, the distance is about 1.3 kilometers).
Forschungszentrum Jülich is also accessible by car with parking lots available on site. More information and maps can be found here.
The meeting will take place in the seminar room of the Institute of Energy and Climate Research (IEK-4) in Building 10.1.
Important: To enter the territory of the research center, entrance badges are needed. Detailed information concerning the first arrival will be provided later.


A certain contingent of rooms is reserved in hotels Stadthotel and Kaiserhof in Jülich for participants of the MoD-PMI workshop. These hotels have the most convenient central location being at the same time close to the train station and bus stops. Moreover, there will be a bus transport organized for participants of the meeting from hotel Kaiserhof to Forschungszentrum Jülich on the days of the event.
Please consider booking a room in one of these two hotels. The rooms are reserved until April, 21. For room booking please contact the hotels directly via e-mail or online contact form! Please note that the common online booking services will show no availability for the specified period! Please implicitly mention in your inquiry that you come to Forschungszentrum Jülich as a participant of MoD-PMI 2017.