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Second International Workshop on Models and Data for Plasma-Material Interaction in Fusion Devices (MoD-PMI 2016)

June 22-24 2016, Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leicestershire, United Kingdom

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The 2016 International Workshop on Models and Data for Plasma-Material Interaction (MoD -PMI 2016) is the second occasion of this meeting organized in cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). It follows a successful ICTP-IAEA Conference on MoD-PMI (Trieste, 3-7 November 2014) and the first International Workshop on MoD-PMI (Marseille, 25-28 May 2015). It is intended to bring together researchers from the areas of fusion energy and materials science to review advances, both experimental and in the 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.


The Mod-PMI 2016 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 (tritium) trapping and transport in candidate fusion reactor materials. Specific topics include the following:

  • Direct uses of first-principles quantum-mechanical codes (DFT and beyond) for the study of irradiated microstructure and trapping/transport of hydrogen and helium in materials components of fusion devices.
  • 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 materials surface 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 quantifications of theoretical and experimental PMI data.
  • Deposition of energetic plasma particles into the surface and physical/chemical sputtering of surface materials into the plasma.
  • Changes in surface compositions, morphology and materials microstructure due to plasma bombardment and neutron irradiation.
  • Experimental approaches including thermal desorption spectroscopy (TDS), positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS), permeation experiments, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and other microscopies like STM and AFM.

Invited speakers

Andree de BACKER, Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, UK
Takumi CHIKADA, Shizuoka University, Japan
Dorothy DUFFY, University College London, UK
Chu-Chun FU, CEA Saclay, France
Tilmann HICKEL, Max-Plank-Institut für Eisenforschung GmbH, Düsseldorf, Germany
Karl HAMMOND, University of Missouri, USA
Felix HOFMANN, University of Oxford, UK
Andreas KIRSCHNER, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany
Xiao-Chun LI, CAS Institute of Plasma Physics,  Hefei,  PR China
Jaime MARIAN, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Mihail-Cosmin MARINICA, CEA Saclay, France
Thomas MORGAN, Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research, The Netherlands
Kazunori MORISHITA, University of Kyoto, Japan
Kai NORDLUND, University of Helsinki, Finland
Cedric PARDANAUD, Aix-Marseille Université, France
Thomas SCHWARZ-SELINGER, Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik, Garching, Germany
Hyung Jin SHIM, Seoul National University,  Korea
Udo von TOUSSAINT, Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik, Garching, Germany
Blas UBERUAGA, Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA
Anna WIDDOWSON, Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, UK
Yi-Chun XU, CAS Institute of Solid State Physics, PR China

Scientific committee

Jean-Paul ALLAIN, University of Illinois, USA
Bas BRAAMS, IAEA, Vienna, Austria
Gregory de TEMMERMAN, ITER Organization, France
Maria GANCHENKOVA, Moscow Engineering Physics Institute, Russia
Yves FERRO, Aix-Marseille Université, France
Daiji KATO, National Institute of Fusion Science, Japan
Predrag KRSTIC, Stony Brook University, USA
Christian LINSMEIER, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany
Joerg NEUGEBAUER, Max-Plank-Institut für Eisenforschung GmbH, Düsseldorf, Germany
Kai NORDLUND, University of Helsinki, Finland
Takuji ODA, Seoul National University, Korea
Klaus SCHMID, Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik Garching, Germany
Manoj WARRIER, BARC Visakhapatnam, India
Brian WIRTH, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, USA
Hong-Bo ZHOU, Beihang University, PR China

Local organizers

Steve FITZGERALD, University of Oxford (Co-Chair)
Andree de BACKER, CCFE
Kalle HEINOLA, JET, University of Helsinki
Lynda LEE, CCFE (Secretary)

Important dates

Registration opens: 15th February 2016

Deadline for abstracts: 30th April 2016

Program available: 15th May 2016

Registration closes: 20th May 2016

Workshop banquet: 23rd June 2016

Scientific programme

The agenda of the meeting, a list of participants and complete book of abstracts of the 2016 MoD-PMI workshop are now available as a PDF file.

Abstract submission

The deadline is 30th April 2016 – oral and poster presentations are welcome. A one page abstract must be submitted using the template (.doc format) available here. Please email your abstract to


All participants should complete and return the on-line registration form by 20th May 2016:

  • Normal delegates
  • Students and retired people
  • Accompanying persons

The conference fee includes lunches each day and tea/coffee throughout the day in the breakout area. It also includes the dinner on the Great Central Railway. After 20th May there will be a £30 surcharge to cover late registration costs. Any questions regarding the registration should be addressed to the MoD-PMI secretary (Email:, Tel: +44 1235 999058).


For participants who require a visa to travel to the UK, an invitation letter will be provided to facilitate the visa application process. To facilitate the visa application, please indicate their nationality, passport number and passport issue/expiry dates. Invitation letters and any other questions can be addressed to the local organiser, Dr. Duc Nguyen-Manh (Email:; Tel: +44 1235 466284).

Format of the meeting

Mod-PMI 2016 will be held at Holywell Park Conference Centre, Loughborough University.  The meeting will start on Wednesday morning (22nd June) and finish in the afternoon of Friday, 24th June, 2016. During the beginning of the week the COSIRES 2016, the International Conference on Computer Simulation of Radiation Effects in Solids (, will also take place in an adjacent room. Although technically separate, there will be an opportunity to interchange sessions between the two meetings, without the necessity for a 15 minute walk as at MRS meetings!

The conference dinner will take place in the carriages of the Loughborough Great Central Railway pulled by a 100 year-old steam engine. This will be preceded by a tour of the railway museum and engine shed. There will also be the opportunity for 1 or 2 persons to ride on the footplate for some of the journey, which will traverse the countryside between Loughborough and Leicester.

Getting to Loughborough

Car parking on campus is allowed. If you come by car take the west entrance and tell the gateperson that you are attending the COSIRES meeting in Holywell Park. Loughborough has also good train links to London St Pancras but if travelling by rail please be aware that the train companies have excessively high fares if buying the ticket at the railway station. It is better to book the ticket in advance via a website where you can check on the best value. The station is about 3-4 km from the campus. There is a bus service every 10 minutes from the railway station which ends at Holywell Park. Taxis are not recommended. East Midlands Airport is about 12 km from the campus and Birmingham Airport is about 65 km away. Further information about the campus and a map can be found at this map site.


Delegates are responsible for arranging their own accommodation. However a limited number of student rooms in the University Lodge have been reserved on the campus of the university close to the conference centre. These are very basic and are not en-suite but do include breakfast and an evening meal. If you wish to reserve one of these rooms please contact Roger Smith directly ( The cost is £150 from Sunday until Friday.

The University Hotel Burleigh Court is also on campus and close to the conference centre. It has a gym, swimming pool and a bar. It is however quite expensive but the evening meals are good quality. Delegates can reserve rooms there with breakfast by directly contacting the Hotel. The University also own another hotel, the Link, which is within a 15 minute walking distance of the conference centre. It is however a little outside the town centre away from pubs and restaurants.

Other bed and breakfast accommodation options are located in the town center of Loughborough. The recommended hotels are the Forest Rise (a small family run hotel), the Travelodge and the Premier Inn. Car parking is extra for the latter 2 as they do not have on-site parking. All these are within walking distance of town center pubs and restaurants and the railway station. They are located about a 30-40 minute walk to the conference centre. There is however a bus service that goes from the town centre to the conference centre if delegates do not wish a brisk morning walk.

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