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EMMC-CSA Expert meeting on the promotion of discrete models in industry

Date(s) - Thursday, February 1, 2018 - Friday, February 2, 2018
All Day



February 01-02, 2018


Sala Giunta, Rettorato, Politecnico di Torino

Corso Duca degli Abruzzi 24, 10129 Turin – Italy
(main entrance)

The meeting room is very close to the main entrance:
indications will guide you to the meeting room in the Rettorato.

Workshop chair

Pietro Asinari – Politecnico di Torino, Italy

Industrial experts

Jerome Bikard – SOLVAY, France

Joakim Jämbeck – ABB, Sweden

Marc Meunier – 3DS/BIOVIA, United Kingdom

Maxime Guillaume – SOLVAY, Belgium

Ludovic Briquet – JOHNSON MATTHEY, United Kingdom

Francesco Frigerio – ENI, Italy

Robert Janssen – DSM, The Netherlands

Evangelos Voyiatzis – DSM, The Netherlands

Mauro Sgroi – FCA Group (CRF), Italy

EMMC members & experts

Kersti Hermansson – Uppsala University, Sweden

Roy Chantrell – University of York, UK

Volker Eyert – Materials Design, France

Erich Wimmer – Materials Design, France

Luca Bergamasco – Politecnico di Torino, Italy

Natalia Konchakova – HZG, Germany

Daniel Höche – HZG, Germany

Kurt Stokbro – SYNOPSYS, Denmark

Umberto Martinez – SYNOPSYS, Denmark

Tom Verbrugge – DOW, Belgium

Daniele Marchisio – Politecnico di Torino, Italy

Chao Zhang – Uppsala University, Sweden

Peter Klein – FRAUNHOFER, Germany

Purpose and objective of the workshop

The rapid evolution of current technologies requires continuous development of new and advanced materials in a wide range of industrial sectors. In this view, modelling techniques can serve as valuable and powerful means to accelerate research and development of new and tailored materials. Thus, the European Commission, through the European Materials Modelling Council, is strongly committed to promote the use of materials modelling by the European industry. With this goal, understanding the current situation and eventual obstacles which may prevent the widespread use of materials modelling at the industrial level is of critical importance. In particular, the current gaps in the available models with respect to the industrial requirements and/or the limits of the available techniques must be identified and properly addressed. This critical assessment requires close cooperation and synergy between the industrial researchers and the academic model developers.

The objective of the meeting is to provide a discussion platform for industrial researchers and academic model developers. Materials modelling experts from the European industry will present and share their view on current model gaps and limits with the EMMC academic model developers. These inputs will promote the discussion between industrial and academic delegates, which is expected to provide a good overview and a critical review of the current industrial needs vs available modelling technologies. In this meeting, particular emphasis will be given to discrete models (electronic and particle-based models) and to the current needs and available strategies for coupling and linking of models.


The Workshop is an ‘invitation-only’ event for about 20-25 academic and industrial materials modelling experts discussing about

Discrete Materials Models
 electronic, atomistic & mesoscopic


Industrial Applications Sectors

Molecular soft matter & polymers, Energy conversion & storage, Specialty materials

Programme & Flyer

Thursday, February 1, 2018

09:00 – Welcome coffee & Registration opening

09:30 – Welcome: Emilio Paolucci (Deputy Rector for Technological Transfer)
Opening: Pietro Asinari (Workshop Chair & EMMC Board)

10:00 – 12:00 Session 1: Molecular soft matter & polymers (part I)

Chair: Pietro Asinari                      

10:00 – 10:15 Introduction by Chair

10:15 – 11:00 Jerome Bikard – SOLVAY, France

11:00 – 12:00 Discussion

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch

13:00 – 14:30 Session 1: Molecular soft matter & polymers (part II)

Chair: Kurt Stokbro

13:00 – 13:15 Introduction by Chair

13:15 – 14:00 Joakim Jämbeck – ABB, Sweden

14:00 – 14:30 Discussion

 14:30 – 14:45 Coffee Break

 14:45 – 16:15 Session 1: Molecular soft matter & polymers (part III)

Chair: Erich Wimmer

14:45 – 15:00 Introduction by Chair

15:00 – 15:45 Marc Meunier – 3DS/BIOVIA, UK

15:45 – 16:15 Discussion

 16:15 – 16:30 Coffee Break

 16:30 – 18:00 Session 2: Wrapping up the first day

Chair: Erich Wimmer

16:30 – 16:45 Introduction by Chair

16:45 – 17:45 Discussion

19:00 – Walk to the restaurant through city center (optional)

20:00 – Conference dinner


 Friday,  February 2, 2018

 09:00 – 11:00 Session 3: Specialty materials

Chair: Volker Eyert              

09:00 – 09:15 Introduction by Chair

09:15 – 10:00 Maxime Guillaume – SOLVAY, Belgium

10:00 – 10:30 Discussion

 10:30 – 10:45 Coffee Break

10:45 – 12:15 Session 4: Catalysis

Chair: Kersti Hermansson                   

10:45 – 11:00 Introduction by Chair

11:00 – 11:45 Ludovic Briquet – JOHNSON MATTHEY, United Kingdom

11:45 – 12:15 Discussion

12:30 – 13:30 Session 5: Discussion, model gaps, strategic vision, networking and funding opportunities

Chair: Pietro Asinari                             

13:30 – 14:00 Closing (P. Asinari) Final wrap up and conclusions

14:00 End of meeting


Meeting organisation

Department of Energy – Politecnico di Torino

Prof. Pietro Asinari & Dr. Luca Bergamasco & Dr. Claudia Sibilla


There are possible direct flights to the Turin airport (Caselle). From the Caselle airport (A. Pertini) to the City Center there is a bus which takes around 45 min to downtown (stops at Porta Susa Station and Porta Nuova Station). Information can be found here.

Taxi service is available at the airport: the duration is about 30-40 min and the price around 30-35 € (indicatively and depending on the traffic).

If no direct flight to Turin is available, the Milan airport can be chosen. From the Milan Malpensa airport to Turin city center buses are available. The duration of the trip is about two hours. Information can be found on the company website.


The following accommodations are suggested:

Hotel NH Torino Centro

Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 104, 10121 Torino TO

Walking distance from the meeting venue (10 min)

BW Plus Hotel Genova

Via Sacchi, 14/B, 10128 Torino TO

This Hotel is very close to the Porta Nuova central rail station. In order to reach the meeting location, the easiest way is by Metro from the “Porta Nuova” station to the “Vinzaglio” station – direction “Fermi”, then 15 min walking.

Hotel Residence Torino Centro

Corso Inghilterra, 33, 10138 Torino TO

This Hotel is very close to the Porta Susa central rail station. In order to reach the meeting location, the easiest way is by Metro from the “Porta Susa” station to the “Vinzaglio” station – direction “Lingotto”, then 15 min walking.


In general, Politecnico can be reached by public transport in 20 min from the city center (e.g. Piazza Castello or Piazza Vittorio Veneto).

You may want to consider other accommodations.

Info on public transport is available at:

Event Funding and Sponsors

This event has received funding via the EMMC-CSA Project from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No 723867

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