Département TSN

Theory and Numerical Simulation

Leader: Andrés Saúl


The activity of the "Theory and Numerical Simulation" department focuses on the study of systems reduced size: surfaces, interfaces, nanostructures (aggregates, wires, nanotubes,...) free, supported or obtained by confinement in porous matrices.

It aims to describe through realistic models, from the atomic to the mesoscopic scale, the structure and electronic, thermodynamic and dynamic properties of these systems.

We are also interested in disordered three-dimensional environments and systems of industrial or geological interest for which the nanoscale is relevant for understanding or use.

This topological and structural variety is coupled with a diversity in the chemical nature of the systems studied: metals, semiconductors, oxides, carbon-based compounds,…

The main modelling tools used are the calculation of the electronic structure and total energy by ab-initio or semi-empirical methods, "atomistic" numerical simulation (Molecular Dynamics or Monte Carlo), as well as analytical developments.

The department works on its own subjects, in close collaboration with experimenters, at CINaM or outside, as well as with other theoreticians in France and abroad.

Théorie et simulation numérique 1



Quantum de-trapping and transport of heavy defects in tungsten

Kazuto Arakawa, Mihai-Cosmin Marinica, Steven Fitzgerald, Laurent Proville, Duc Nguyen-Manh, Sergei Dudarev, Pui-Wai Ma, T D Swinburne, Alexandra Goryaeva, Tetsuya Yamada, Takafumi Amino, Shigeo Arai, Yuta Yamamoto, Kimitaka Higuchi, Nobuo Tanaka, Hidehiro Yasuda, Tetsuya Yasuda, Hirotaro Mori

Nature Materials (2020)10.1038/s41563-019-0584-0

Simulating the Geological Fate of Terrestrial Organic Matter: Lignin vs Cellulose

Lea Atmani, Pierre-Louis Valdenaire, Roland J.-M. Pellenq, Christophe Bichara, Henri van Damme, Adri van Duin, Franz Ulm, Jean-Marc Leyssale

Energy and Fuels 34:1537-1547 (2020)10.1021/acs.energyfuels.9b03681

Time resolved alkali silicate decondensation by sodium hydroxide solution

Romain Dupuis, Donatien Gomes Rodrigues, Jean-Baptiste Champenois, Roland Pellenq, Arnaud Poulesquen

Journal of Physics: Materials (2020)10.1088/2515-7639/ab5ce9

Tight-binding Ising modeling of the interplay between bulk ordering and surface segregation in Pt-Ag nanoalloys

Abir Hizi, Alexis Front, Moncef Said, Fabienne Berthier, Guy Treglia, Christine Mottet

Surface Science 700:121626 (2020)10.1016/j.susc.2020.121626

Machine learning surrogate models for prediction of point defect vibrational entropy

Clovis Lapointe, T D Swinburne, Louis Thiry, Stéphane Mallat, Laurent Proville, Charlotte Becquart, Mihai-Cosmin Marinica

Physical Review Materials 4 (2020)10.1103/PhysRevMaterials.4.063802

Morphology control of metallic nanoparticles supported on carbon substrates in catalytic conditions

Yann Magnin, Emmanuel Villermaux, Hakim Amara, Christophe Bichara, Roland Pellenq

Carbon (2020)

How metallic are noble-metal clusters? Static screening and polarizability in quantum-sized silver and gold nanoparticles

Rajarshi Sinha-Roy, Pablo García-González, Hans-Christian Weissker

Nanoscale 12:4452-4458 (2020)10.1039/C9NR08608K

Defining, calculating and converging observables of kinetic transition networks

T D Swinburne, David J Wales

Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation (2020)10.1021/acs.jctc.9b01211

Magnetoelastic interaction in the two-dimensional magnetic material MnPS3 studied by first principles calculations and Raman experiments

Diana Vaclavkova, Alex Delhomme, Clément Faugeras, Marek Potemski, Aleksander Bogucki, Jan Suffczynski, Piotr Kossacki, Andrew Wildes, Benoît Grémaud, Andrés Saúl

2D Materials (2020)10.1088/2053-1583/ab93e3


Bidimensional phases in Co–Pt surface alloys: A theoretical study of ordering and surface segregation

Front Alexis, Bernard Legrand, Guy Treglia, Christine Mottet

Surface Science 679:128-138 (2019)10.1016/j.susc.2018.08.024

Atomic-scale structural identification and evolution of Co-W-C ternary SWCNT catalytic nanoparticles: High-resolution STEM imaging on SiO 2

Hua An, Akihito Kumamoto, Rong Xiang, Taiki Inoue, Keigo Otsuka, Shohei Chiashi, Christophe Bichara, Annick Loiseau, Yan Li, Yuichi Ikuhara, Shigeo Maruyama

Science Advances 5:eaat9459 pages 1-8 (2019)10.1126/sciadv.aat9459

Order-disorder or phase-separation transition: Analysis of the Au-Pd system by the effective site energy model

F. Berthier, J. Creuze, T. Gabard, B. Legrand, M.-C. Marinica, C. Mottet

Physical Review B: Condensed Matter and Materials Physics 99 (2019)10.1103/PhysRevB.99.014108

Combining experiments and modeling to explore the solid solution strengthening of high and medium entropy alloys

G. Bracq, M. Laurent-Brocq, C. Varvenne, L. Perrière, W.A. Curtin, J.-M. Joubert, I. Guillot

Acta Materialia 177:266-279 (2019)10.1016/j.actamat.2019.06.050

Plasmonic quantum size effects in silver nanoparticles are dominated by interfaces and local environments

Alfredo Campos, Nicolas Troc, Emmanuel Cottancin, Michel Pellarin, Hans-Christian Weissker, Jean Lermé, Mathieu Kociak, Matthias Hillenkamp

Nature Physics 15:275-280 (2019)10.1038/s41567-018-0345-z

Molecular simulation of silica gels: Formation, dilution, and drying

Romain Dupuis, Laurent Karim Beland, Roland J.-M. Pellenq

Physical Review Materials 3 (2019)10.1103/PhysRevMaterials.3.075603

Influence of halogen substitution on aggregation-induced near infrared emission of borondifluoride complexes of 2′-hydroxychalcones

Anthony D’aléo, Andrés Saúl, Claudio Attaccalite, Frédéric Fages

Materials Chemistry Frontiers 3:86-92 (2019)10.1039/c8qm00478a

Tuning bimetallic catalysts for a selective growth of SWCNTs

Salomé Forel, Alice Castan, Hakim Amara, Ileana Florea, Frédéric Fossard, Laure Catala, Christophe Bichara, Talal Mallah, Vincent Huc, Annick Loiseau, Costel-Sorin Cojocaru

Nanoscale 11:4091-4100 (2019)10.1039/c8nr09589b

Influence of confinement on free radical chemistry in layered nanostructures

Khashayar Ghandi, Cody Landry, Tait Du, Maxime Lainé, Andrés Saúl, Sophie Le Caër

Scientific Reports 9:17165 (2019)10.1038/s41598-019-52662-z

Solid solution strengthening theories of high-entropy alloys

Carlyn Larosa, Mulaine Shih, Céline Varvenne, Maryam Ghazisaeidi

Materials Characterization 151:310-317 (2019)10.1016/j.matchar.2019.02.034

Effects of size polydispersity on random close-packed configurations of spherical particles

Patrick Mutabaruka, Mahdi Taiebat, Roland J.-M. Pellenq, Farhang Radjai

Physical Review E 100 (2019)10.1103/PhysRevE.100.042906

Methane Diffusion in a Flexible Kerogen Matrix

Amaël Obliger, Pierre-Louis Valdenaire, Franz-Josef Ulm, Roland J.-M. Pellenq, Jean-Marc Leyssale

Journal of Physical Chemistry B 123:5635-5640 (2019)10.1021/acs.jpcb.9b03266

Reversed size-dependent stabilization of ordered nanophases

J. Pirart, A. Front, D. Rapetti, Caroline Andreazza-Vignolle, P. Andreazza, C. Mottet, R. Ferrando

Nature Communications 10 (2019)10.1038/s41467-019-09841-3

Cutting floating single-walled carbon nanotubes with a ‘CO2 blade’

Ying Tian, Nan Wei, Patrik Laiho, Saeed Ahmad, Yann Magnin, Yongping Liao, Christophe Bichara, Hua Jiang, Esko Kauppinen

Carbon 143:481-486 (2019)10.1016/j.carbon.2018.11.035

Agglomeration of wet particles in dense granular flows

Thanh Trung Vo, Saeid Nezamabadi, Patrick Mutabaruka, Jean-Yves Delenne, Edouard Izard, Roland Pellenq, Farhang Radjai

European Physical Journal E: Soft matter and biological physics 42:127 (2019)10.1140/epje/i2019-11892-9

Chiral-Icosahedral ( I ) Symmetry in Ubiquitous Metallic Cluster Compounds (145A,60X): Structure and Bonding Principles

Robert Whetten, Hans-Christian Weissker, J. Jesús Pelayo, Sean Mullins, Xóchitl López-Lozano, Ignacio Garzón

Accounts of Chemical Research 52:34-43 (2019)

Capillary Stress and Structural Relaxation in Moist Granular Materials

Tingtao Zhou, Katerina Ioannidou, Enrico Masoero, Mohammad Mirzadeh, Roland J.-M. Pellenq, Martin Bazant

Langmuir (2019)10.1021/acs.langmuir.8b03400

Multiscale poromechanics of wet cement paste

Tingtao Zhou, Katerina Ioannidou, Franz-Josef Ulm, Martin Bazant, R. J.-M. Pellenq

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 116:10652-10657 (2019)10.1073/pnas.1901160116

Mesoscale simulation of aggregation of imogolite nanotubes from potential of mean force interactions

Hejian Zhu, Andrew Whittle, Roland J.-M. Pellenq, Katerina Ioannidou

Molecular Physics 117:3445-3455 (2019)10.1080/00268976.2019.1660817


Poroelasticity of Methane-Loaded Mature and Immature Kerogen from Molecular Simulations

Amaël Obliger, Pierre-Louis Valdenaire, Nicolas Capit, Franz Ulm, Roland J.-M. Pellenq, Jean-Marc Leyssale

Langmuir 34:13766-13780 (2018)10.1021/acs.langmuir.8b02534



  • Scale transition between plant fibre and UD composite :  propagation of variability and nonlinearities

    Alessandra Del Masto (IRSN/CINaM), 28 janvier 2020, 10h30 salle R2


  • Ab initio study of photo-responsive metal-organic frameworks for an efficient carbon capture

    Kshirsagar Aseem Rajan (CNRS/SIMAP Grenoble), 21 janvier 2020

  • Phase Change Materials : Characterisation and implications of "Metavalent" Bondinghe intrinsic dimension of the data and its use

    J.Y. Raty (Université de Liège ), 2 décembre 2019

  • The story of academic publishing: from Galileo to Nature

    C. Attaccalite (CINaM ), 21 novembre 2019

  • The intrinsic dimension of the data and its use

    M. Allegra (Institut de Neurosciences de la Timone ), 5 novembre 2019

  • (Bio)chemical reactions across soft fluctuating surfaces: from statistical mechanics to cell biology and back

    K. Sengupta (CINaM), 22 octobre 2019

  • Local yield stress statistics in model amorphous solids

    S. Patinet (PMMH, ESPCI Paris), 11 septembre 2019

  • On the origin of line-tension in the core of a dislocation

    M. Boleininger (Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, UK) , 9 septembre 2019

  • Nanostructured materials for optoelectronics

    B. Sciacca (CINaM), 25 juin 2019

  • Floating catalyst chemical vapor deposition (FC-CVD) synthesis of conductive SWNT thin films for flexible electronics applications

    Esko I. Kauppinen (Aalto University School of Science, Department of Applied Physics, Finlande), 5 mai 2019

  • Solid/Liquid Interfaces: Structure, dynamics and spectroscopy

    Marialore Sulpizi (Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany), 23 avril 2019

  • Theoretical spectroscopy for solids

    Arjan Berger (Laboratoire de Chimie et Physique Quantiques, Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse), 12 avril 2019

  • Spin-Orbit Physics at Magnetic Interfaces

    Aurelien Manchon (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology -KAUST-, Saudi Arabia), 10 avril 2019

  • Durée de vie du phonon et propriétés thermiques dans le graphène irradié : un traitement exact du désordre

    Georges Bouzerar (Institut Lumière Matière, Université Lyon 1), 9 avril 2019

  • Hydrogène, surfaces, nano et micro-vides dans les matériaux pour la fusion nucléaire: Etude DFT, modèles thermodynamiques, comportement macroscopique

    Yves Ferro (PIIM, Marseille), 20 mars 2019

  • The silver route to high-Tc superconductivity

    José Lorenzana (Istituto dei Sistemi Complessi, CNR, La Sapienza, Roma), 19 mars 2019

  • Zwitterionic Quinones : an Unprecedented Class of Coupled Polymethines

    Simon Pascal (CINaM), 26 février 2019

  • Synthèse d’une bicouche de silice pour la modélisation de zéolithes - Etude des défauts de la surface de Cu2O(100)

    Héloïse Tissot (CINaM), 19 février 2019

  • Ab-initio methods for electronic spectroscopy : Applications to bulk and layered semiconductors

    Lorenzo Sponza (LEM, Onera-CNRS, Châtillon), 5 février 2019

  • Stratégies autonomes, guidées par une incertitude quantifiée, pour la construction de modèles mésoscopiques à partir des simulations atomiques

    Tom Swinburne (CINaM), 22 janvier 2019

  • Soutenance de thèse : Modélisation de nanoalliages à base de Pt : Co-Pt, système emblématique de l’ordre, et Pt-Ag, système hybride entre ordre et démixtion

    Alexis Front (CINaM), 20 décembre 2018

  • Modélisation à l’échelle atomique du système Fe-Al-Mn-C à l’aide de modèles de paires et de calculs thermodynamiques

    Rémy Besson (UMET, Université de Lille, Villeneuve d’Ascq), 18 décembre 2018

  • Soutenance de thèse : Caractérisation de l’ordre chimique interstitiel des hydrures de zirconium à l’aide d’un modèle d’Ising effectif dérivé des liaisons fortes

    Paul Eymeoud (CINaM), 17 décembre 2018

  • Simulation of fast and ultrafast structural changes in solids and biomolecules upon interaction with light

    Martin Garcia (Universität Kassel, Germany), 4 décembre 2018

  • Spectroscopie Raman des polymères de coordination Nickel/quinone

    Romain Parret (CINaM), 6 novembre 2018

  • Advanced engineering materials with tailored functionality at the nanoscale : Insights from computer simulations & nanoscale experiments

    Christian Brandl (KIT, Karlsruhe, Germany), 6 septembre 2018

  • Surface energies of bimetallic nanoparticles : size and composition effects

    Hakim Amara (LEM, CNRS-Onera, Châtillon), 19 juin 2018

  • Virgin martensite in Fe-Ni-C alloys : low-temperature and spinodal decomposition

    Philippe Maugis (IM2MP, Marseille), 12 juin 2018

  • Computational study of free and oxyde-supported Au-Rh and Pd-Ir nanocatalysts

    Roy L. Johnston (University of Birmingham, UK ), 5 juin 2018

  • Spectroscopie théorique d’agrégats de métaux nobles (soutenance HDR)

    Hans-Christian Weissker (CINaM), 4 juin 2018

  • Utilisation des méthodes de champs de phases en métallurgie physique

    Héléna Zapolsky (GPM, Rouen), 30 mai 2018

  • Étude thermodynamique et mécanique des alliages à haute entropie basés sur le système CoCrFeMnNi

    Guillaume Bracq (ICMPE, Thiais), 4 mai 2018

  • Aller ou non vers l’équilibre dans les nano-alliages ?

    Pascal Andréazza (ICMN, Orléans), 19 avril 2018

  • Modeling of plasma surface interactions

    Ning Ning (PIIM, Marseille), 9 avril 2018

  • The importance of geometry to predicting properties of metallic nanoparticles

    Francesca Baletto (King’s College, London, England), 26 mars 2018

  • Descriptions Théoriques des Structures Electroniques

    Vincent Robert (Laboratoire de Chimie Quantique, Strasbourg), 23 mars 2018

  • Invisible excitations in hexagonal boron nitride

    Claudio Attaccalite (CINaM), 20 février 2018

  • Soutenance de thèse : "Propriétés optiques d’agrégats de métaux nobles"

    Rajarshi Sinha Roy (CINaM), 19 janvier 2018

  • Size effects in physically prepared metal nanoparticles

    Matthias Hillenkamp (Institut Lumière Matière, Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1), 18 janvier 2018


Ingénierie moléculaire et matériaux fonctionnels Sources et sondes ponctuelles 2

Union Européene


  • ANCRE PotEmQuIn

    Potentiels semi-empiriques avec quantification d'incertitudes (2019-2020)
    F. Ribeiro, G. Treglia

  • ANR MeMoPas

    Mesoscale models from massively parallel atomistic simulations: uncertainty driven, self-optimizing strategies for crystalline materials (2020-2023)
    T. Swinburne, C. Varevenne, C. Mottet, G. Treglia


    High-temperature & high-polarization cuprate multiferroics  (2020-2023)
    A. Saul, A. Zappelli



Théorie et simulation numérique 3

Scientific computing center

The department manages a computer center hosted in a shared room of the AMU. These means of calculation are accessible to any person of CINAM and open to external collaborators of the department.

Nearly 1200 computing cores distributed over 80 machines are available to run scientific codes in sequential or parallel mode.

The codes are developed internally or use reference codes in our areas of predilection.






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