Symposium: "Molecular dynamics of materials from assembly to fracture"

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Date: August 19th, 2016, 9am - 5pm

Location: Temple University Main Campus, Philadelphia PA

Science Education and Research Center1925 N. 12th Street, Room 116

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The LAMMPS tutorial will be followed by a symposium on Friday, August 19th 2016, sponsored by the Temple Materials Institute. The goal of the symposium is to provide an overview of the current state of the art of MD simulations in materials research with a series of invited talks and a poster session.

Confirmed symposium speakers include: Nir Goldman (Lawrence Livermore National Labs), Arthi Jayaraman (University of Delaware), Stan Moore (Sandia National Labs), Steve Plimpton (Sandia National Labs), Tim Sirk (US Army Research Lab), Priya Vashishta (University of Southern California), Ed Webb (Lehigh University)

Participation at this symposium is offered at no cost thanks to sponsoring by the Temple Materials Institute. Advance registration by August 1st 2016 is appreciated, and required for presenting a poster.

Molecular Dynamics for Modern Materials with LAMMPS

Dates: August 15th - 18th, 2016

Location: Temple University Main Campus, Philadelphia PA

Tuttleman Learning Center1809 N 13th Street

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Organizers: Chris MacDermaid, Giacomo Fiorin, Axel Kohlmeyer

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    The LAMMPS developers and the Molecular Dynamics experts at Temple University's Institute for Computational Molecular Science are organizing an intense 4-day tutorial on using the LAMMPS molecular dynamics (MD) software ( The tutorial

provides an in-depth introduction to basic functionality and features of LAMMPS and standard simulation protocols for a wide variety of MD applications with a focus on modeling materials properties for fundamental research and engineering applications. No previous knowledge of LAMMPS is required, but some familiarity with concepts of MD and statistical mechanics are expected. The tutorial is divided into a series of lectures by LAMMPS and MD experts in the mornings and hands-on sessions supervised by experienced LAMMPS users in the afternoons. We aim to guide participants from performing basic simulations with LAMMPS and understanding basic concepts of planning and analyzing MD simulations, to running more complex systems and workflows. Various aspects of simulation techniques and methods to determine materials properties will be discussed and practiced. Practical aspects like visualization, topology creation, effective workflow management and compiling/installing LAMMPS will be covered as well. The last day of the tutorial is dedicated to introducing the design and inner workings of the LAMMPS source code and how to compile, modify, and extend it with C/C++ code or Python scripting.

Tutorial faculty: Steve Plimpton, Stan Moore (Sandia National Labs), Richard Berger, Giacomo Fiorin, Axel Kohlmeyer, Chris MacDermaid (Temple University), Ed Webb (Lehigh University), Tim Sirk (United States Army Research Laboratory), Arun Srikant Sridhar (Drexel University).
This event is offered at no cost to participants thanks to all tutorial faculty volunteering their time and being supported by their home institutions, and by a generous contribution from ScienomicsRegistration is required. Due to limited available seats, an application form and questionnaire must be filled out. Preference will be given to applicants that fit the intended target audience and will result in a balanced, motivated class. Accepted participants will be given the opportunity to present a poster at the symposium following the tutorial (see below). Some familiarity with the theoretical foundations of MD simulations (for example from studying: Frenkel,  Smit:  Understanding Molecular  Simulations), as well as some basic C/C++ and python programming knowledge are beneficial.

If you need a sign language interpreter, closed captioning, or other accommodations please notify us by August 1st.

Please contact Chris MacDermaid ( for all inquiries.