The 2015 Conference on Foundations of Molecular Modeling and Simulation (FOMMS 2015) will be held July 12-16, 2015 at The Resort at The Mountain, nestled in the western highlands of Mt. Hood less than an hour southeast of Portland, Oregon, USA. In addition to outstanding lectures and discussion on a range of topics in molecular modeling and simulation, the conference will include mini-workshops, organized outings, and the FOMMS Medal banquet.


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FOMMS 2015 will be held July 12-16, 2015 at The Resort at Mount Hood in Oregon, about 45 minutes east of Portland.  

FOMMS 2015 will be the sixth triennial FOMMS conference showcasing applications of theory of computational quantum chemistry, molecular science, and engineering simulation.  The theme of the 2015 meeting is Molecular Modeling and the Materials Genome.  Past FOMMS meetings have attracted an interdisciplinary mix of participants that includes chemical engineers, chemists, physicists, and materials scientists from both academia (including students and postdocs), government laboratories, and industry.  The FOMMS meeting is a Gordon-style conference, with invited talks (plus ample discussion time) in the mornings and evenings, as well as poster sessions for contributed papers. We also hold hands-on workshops on research and educational topics.   A good amount of free time is built into the schedule for scientific discussions, and activities are planned that take advantage of the beautiful surroundings, including hiking, rafting, and local tours. In addition, the FOMMS medal will be awarded for the third time. Previous medal winners are Prof. Michele Parrinello (2009) and Prof. Keith Gubbins (2012).

FOMMS 2015 is sponsored by CAChE ( and by the Computational Molecular Science and Engineering Forum (CoMSEF) of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), as well as the AIChE Nanoscale Science & Engineering Forum.  

Sessions and Speakers for FOMMS 2015:


  • Frank Stillinger, Princeton University - "Chiral Symmetry Breaking via Computer Simulation"

Future Trends in Modeling, Simulation, and Data Mining

  • Andrea Browning, Boeing - "Future of Materials Design with Computations"
  • Jinghai Li, Chinese Academy of Science - "Mesoscale Modeling: the Key to Virtual Process Engineering"
  • Alan Aspuru-Guzik, Harvard - "Billions and Billions of Molecules:  Exploring Chemical Space"

Energy and Environmental Applications

  • Chris Wolverton, Northwestern University - "A Materials Genome Approach to Designing Nanostructured Thermoelectrics"
  • Kristen Fichthorn, Penn State University - "Growth and Assembly of Nanoscale Materials:  Insights from Simulation"
  • Jonathan Moore, Dow Chemical - "Data-Driven and Fundamental Modeling in Industrial R&D"

Catalysis and Interfaces

  • Joachim Sauer, Humboldt University Berlin - "Ab initio Free Energy Predictions for Gas Adsorption and Separation in Nanoporous Materials"
  • Daniella Kohen, Carleton College - "Behavior of Carbon Dioxide within Zeolites: Atomistic Simulations"
  • Jeff Errington, University at Buffalo - "Using Molecular Simulation to Examine the Sequestration of Carbon Dioxide in Saline Aquifers"
Complex Fluids and Materials
  • Coray Colina, Penn State University - "in silico Design: Synthesis and Characterization of Functional Polymeric Materials"
  • Ed Maginn, University of Notre Dame - "Using Molecular Simulation to Understand and Predict the Thermodynamic and Transport Properties of Ionic Liquids"
  • Marjolein Dijkstra, Utrecht - "Colloidal Self-Assembly:  Predicting and Designing New Structures"

Reactive Force Fields

  • Adri van Duin, Penn State University - "Applications of the ReaxFF Force Field for Identifying Reactive Properties for Complex Materials and Interfaces"
  • Susan Sinnott, University of Florida - "Material Chemistry with Dynamic Charge Reactive Potentials"

Biomaterials and Biological Systems 

  • Sabrina Pricl, University of Trieste - "Of (Computer, Cells) Mice and Men:  Integration of Simulations and Experiments in Biomedical Sciences"
  • Yiannis Kaznessis, University of Minnesota - "Multiscale Models for Antibiotic Cellbots"
FOMMS Medal Lecture
  • Carol Hall, North Carolina State University - "Confessions of a Slow Learner: Lessons Learned over a Decade of Protein Aggregation Simulations"
  • Solving common software problems in computational labs - Patrick Fuller (NuMat Technologies) and Chris Wilmer (U. Pittsburgh)
  • Using GPUs for bigger and faster simulations - Joshua Anderson (U. Michigan)
  • Data Mining, Machine Learning, and Materials Informatics -Johannes Hachmann (U. Buffalo) and Jonathan Moore (Dow Chemical)