International workshop on Models and Data for Plasma-Material Interaction in Fusion Devices
25-27 May 2015 - Aix-Marseille Université - Site St. Charles, 3 place Victor Hugo 13001 Marseille (France)

Scientific scope

The 2015 International Workshop on Models and Data for Plasma-Material Interaction (MoD-PMI 2015) is organized in cooperation with IAEA; it is intended to bring together researchers from the areas of fusion energy and materials science to review advances in modeling of processes relevant to plasma-wall interaction in fusion devices. The workshop aims to provide a bridge between fundamental computations and interpretation of experimental data; it will address a variety of processes spanning a wide range of scales including erosion, transport and trapping of hydrogen and helium in the wall, changes in the material microstructure, composition and morphology.

Indeed, the ultimate goal of numerical simulation would be to build a model that is global enough to capture the behavior of a material under fusion conditions and can ‘predict’ changes of the material thermo-mechanical properties under prolonged operation times. Within this idyllic picture, the MoD-PMI workshop goal is to produce such a roadmap in which the current modeling methods deployed are identified, and the evolution needed to go the step further are established. The computational focus in the meeting emphasizes fundamental aspects at the nanometer scale to improve the predictive capability of multi-scale approaches. Not being exhaustive, appropriate computational methods include electronic structure calculations based on quantum mechanics, molecular dynamics, (kinetic) Monte-Carlo simulations and rate-equation theory.

The MoD-PMI workshop might also define new experiments to be made or new analyses tools to be deployed to help clarify some of the physics. Experiments can also provide data for validation of computations and inspiration for new computational endeavors. Important experimental approaches include thermal desorption spectroscopy (TDS), positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS), permeation experiments, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and other microscopies like STM and AFM.

Participants with an experimental background should return from the conference with a richer understanding of the computational methods that are used and the range of validity of the computational data that are produced. Participants with a theoretical background should obtain guidance about new work that is most needed to improve understanding of plasma-material interaction processes. The conference format is meant to encourage new collaborations on computational studies of plasma-material interaction in fusion devices.


  • Multi-scale with Density Functional Theory and statistic models
  • Multi-scale with Rate-Equations
  • Molecular Dynamics
  • Quantum effects in Molecular-Dynamics : electrons and nuclei
  • Experimental data for modelling


You will find here a list of recommended hotels. The hotels are all located in the touristic area of the Old Port (Vieux Port).

From the Old Port, take the line 1 ("La Rose" as destination) and exit at metro station "Saint-Charles".  Then walk in the direction of the conference site.

Registration & Contributions

Registration - The deadline is April 18th - The registration to MoD-PMI is free of charges.

Contributions - The deadline is March 28th - Oral and poster presentations are welcome. A one page abstract must be submitted using the template (.doc format) available here.

For the registration and propositions of contribution, please to send an e-mail to  yves.ferro [at]


The agenda of the meeting, a list of participant, a guide to come to the Saint-Charles campus, and complete book of abstracts summarizing all the informations related to the MoD-PMI workshop can be downloaded here:





Invited Speakers

Tommy Ahlgren, University of Helsinki

Marie-France Barthe, CNRS Orléans

Charlotte Becquart, Université de Lille

Bas Braams, IAEA Vienna

María José Caturla, Universidad de Alicante

Michele Ceriotti, EPFL

Huiqiu Deng, Hunan University

Gregory De Temmerman, ITER Organization

Christian Grisolia, CEA Cadarache

Kalle Heinola, CCFE & University of Helsinki

Atsushi M. Itoh, NIFS

Jorge J. Kohanoff, University of Belfast

Heun-Tae Lee, Osaka University

Jörg Neugebauer, MPI für Eisenforschung

Olga Ogorodnikova, NRNU MEPhI

Anthony Paxton, King's College London

Klaus Schmid, IPP Garching

Toshiyuki Takayanagi, Saitama University

Vladimirov Pavel, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology


Scientific committee

Yves Ferro, Aix-Marseille Univsersité

Jean-Paul Allain, University of Illinois

Bas Braams, IAEA Vienne

Gregory de Temmerman, ITER Organization

Maria Ganchenkova, MEPhI

Daiji Kato, NIFS

Predrag Krstic, Stony Brook University

Christian Linsmeier, FZ Jülich

Duc Nguyen-Manh, CCFE Culham

Kai Nordlund, University of Helsinki

Takuji Oda, Seoul National University

Klaus Schmid, IPP Garching

Manoj Warrier, BARC Visakhapatnam

Brian Wirth, ONRL Oak Ridge

Hong-Bo Zhou, Beihang University


Local Organizers

Ferro Yves (Chair)

Pardanaud Cédric

Addab Younes

Cannuccia Elena

Ferry Laura

Khamchanh Régis


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