Predictive and practical simulations
of plasma systems and plasma processes

Chair: Adam Obrusník (MUNI, PlasmaSolve, Czech Republic)

This topical workshop explores the evolution of plasma modeling and simulation over the past 10-20 years, highlighting both success stories and challenges. It features four renowned speakers from the field of low-temperature plasma, each with distinct primary expertise: calculating fundamental data for models, engineering plasma chemistry, modeling of industrial low-pressure systems, and elucidating new plasma mechanisms. The workshop will commence with each expert sharing their insights and experiences regarding plasma process simulation and their future outlook on the topic. This will be followed by a panel discussion, during which the audience, facilitated by the moderator, is encouraged to pose questions related to the workshop's theme.

The workshop will be moderated by Adam Obrusník who is a researcher dedicated to the development of plasma models for various applications, such as material deposition and plasma catalysis but also an entrepreneur who operates a company providing simulation solutions to diverse industries utilizing plasma.

Anna Nelson

Anna Nelson

Quantemol Ltd, United Kingdom

Anna joined Quantemol in 2010 to build up a database of commercial customers. She has previously worked in sales roles and has a marketing degree and a master's degree in Physics from Moscow State University. Anna’s in-depth understanding of Quantemol’s products along with expertise in customer relationships and business acumen led to her being promoted to the CEO role in 2017. Anna is responsible for leading the development and execution of Quantemol’s long-term strategy with a view to creating shareholder value, managing the overall operations and resources of the company, and the timely execution of projects. She is the main point of communication between the board of directors and staff and maintains a keen awareness of Quantemol’s industry and market.
Quantemol is an innovative scientific software company, focused on helping industrial and academic researchers in their plasma process modeling and providing plasma chemistry data. It is located in London and boasts international customers from the world's top 20 semiconductor companies and other industries using plasma processes. Quantemol’s main products are: Quantemol-EC, software calculating electron scattering cross sections ab initio, based on UKRMol+ code Quantemol-VT, plasma modeling software based on world-renowned HPEM code QuantemolDB, plasma chemistries database, and associated services such as estimation of missing data, global model, and chemistry analyst tools Quantemol also offers consultancy services.


Vasco Guerra

Instituto Superior Tecnico, Portugal

Vasco Guerra is Full Professor at the Department of Physics of Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal, and the Head of the Modelling and Simulation activities of the N-PRiME group of Instituto de Plasmas e Fusão Nuclear (IPFN). He held a visiting professor position from the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Science in 2020 and was invited professor at Sorbonne Université in 2016. His research focuses on the modeling of non-equilibrium kinetics of low-temperature molecular plasmas. In 2016 he was awarded the William Crookes Plasma Prize, co- sponsored by the European Physical Society and the Institute of Physics Publishing, "for the outstanding contribution to the modeling of molecular low-temperature plasmas." His current research interests comprise the use of non-thermal plasmas for sustainable chemistry, such as plasma-assisted CO2 reforming and NOx synthesis, the study of plasma interactions with surface, and the development of numerical tools for plasma modelling. He proposed the application of plasmas for in-situ resource utilization on Mars and studies how plasmas, by converting different molecules directly from the Martian atmosphere, can create the necessary feed-stock and base chemicals for processing fuels, breathing oxygen, building materials, and fertilizers.

Dennis Barton

Dennis Barton

Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST, Germany

Dennis Barton has studied Mathematics, Engineering and Chemistry at the Universities of Magdeburg, Braunschweig and Münster. In 2013 he received his master’s degree at the Institute for Physical Chemistry at TU Braunschweig. In the following, he worked on modelling of on-surface coupling processes and the development of embedding methods to combine periodic and non-periodic quantum chemistry frameworks for which he received his PhD from the University of Münster in 2017 (“Quantum-chemical investigation of on-surface reactions and the foundation of periodic density embedding”). Afterwards he moved to the University of Luxemburg for a 2-year Postdoc position, where he implemented semi-empirical methods to describe Van-der-Waals interactions in different quantum chemistry codes. From 2020 to 2022, he worked in industry in the field of simulation data management. In August 2022, Dennis joined the group of Andreas Pflug at the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films (IST), where he is working on development and application of the PICMC code for the simulation of thin film coating processes. Since 2023, Dennis is the main developer of the PICMC code and team leader of the simulation group at IST.

Mark J. Kushner

Mark J. Kushner

University of Michigan, USA

Mark J. Kushner is the William P. Allis Distinguished University Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at the University of Michigan, USA. He received the Ph.D. in Applied Physics from the California Institute of Technology, and served on the technical staffs of Sandia National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Spectra Technology before joining the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1986 where he was the Founder Professor of Engineering and served in many administrative roles. Prof. Kushner was the Dean of Engineering and the James and Katherine Melsa Professor at Iowa State University before joining the University of Michigan in 2008 as founding director of the Michigan Institute for Plasma Science and Engineering. Prof. Kushner's research areas are low temperature plasmas, their fundamental properties and technological applications, in which he has extensively published. He has served on and chaired several US National Academies policy advising studies, including the 2020 Decadal Report on Plasma Science, and several US Department of Energy (DOE) and Department of Defense advisory panels. He is director of the DOE Low Temperature Plasma Science Center and is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering.