CECAM-MARVEL Mary Ann Mansigh series: Erich Wimmer

May 05, 2022, from 15:00 until 17:00, BCH2103, EPFL (registration required) + online

CECAM and MARVEL present the third installment of our Mary Ann Mansigh Conversation series and invite you to meet Erich Wimmer who will be addressing the fascination and industrial value of materials modeling.

The Mary Ann Mansigh Conversation series focuses of non-strictly technical topics of cultural interest for the simulation and modelling community. The format reflects the informative and informal nature of these sessions, with talks introducing the subject followed by a conversation between the speakers and the audience.

Practical details

The Talk

Fascination and industrial value of materials modeling

Erich Wimmer (Materials Design)

Understanding the marvelous complexity of nature is a deeply human desire, and to this end modeling is a uniquely powerful tool. Starting from this view, this lecture will revolve around an aspect of high actuality, namely energy. Moving from a society burning fossil fuels and thereby destroying our vulnerable environment to solutions that are sustainable and realistic, is perhaps one of the biggest technological and societal challenges of the 21st century. By discussing specific examples including metal alloys and polymers, batteries, electronic devices, and CO2 capture, this lecture will show how modeling and simulations are applied in a wide range of length and time scales, supporting the path to better and sustainable technologies. With deeply founded theoretical concepts, highly efficient algorithms in sophisticated computer programs, and unprecedented compute power, never before had humans such fascinating tools in their hands. Thus, materials modeling creates industrial value and it satisfies our human desire for understanding the processes that form and transform materials around us.

About the speaker

Erich Wimmer is co-founder, Chief Scientific Officer, and Chairman of the Board of Materials Design. He has initiated major software development programs, organized industrial consortia, and leads research efforts to create industrial value through computational chemistry and materials science. Dr. Wimmer is author and co-author of over 130 scientific publications and has given numerous lectures world-wide.


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