Research programs

Even if all research lines are fully connected, and macroscopic properties of materials could be exactly predicted from their atomic compositions, finding materials that show certain pre-defined large-scale behaviors often poses a significant challenge. 

Significant progress has been made in the simulation of the core plasma in a Tokamak fusion reactor. Breakthroughs are needed now in the simulation of the ‘scrape-off’ plasma, where multiphysics and multiscale aspects play a key role.

Porous media are a textbook example of materials with structures at the mesoscale. Understanding of these materials is crucial in numerous energy-related areas.

The understanding of the properties of materials at the nanoscale is essential in many energy conversion processes, but this understanding is often insufficient or even completely lacking.