The Simulation Laboratory “ab initio Methods for Chemistry and Physics” (SLai) will provide expertise in the field of ab initio simulations for physics, chemistry, nanoscience and materials science with a special focus on high-­performance computing on the Jülich and Aachen supercomputer facilities.

SLai will act as a high-­level support structure in dedicated projects and promote research projects dealing with fundamental aspects of algorithm development, optimization and performance improvement.


Research projects

Research projects typically require long-­term efforts (multi-year and multi-resources at the Ph.D. or Post-­Doc level) and are driven by the scientific interests of the members of the Simulation Laboratory and its collaboration partners.

    Support projects

    Support tasks are designed to entail short- to medium-­term efforts (3-12 months) and are driven by direct community requests within the established framework of support calls


    First SimLab ab initio Inaugurational Workshop 
    November 8, 2013, Rotunda Hall, Jülich Supercomputing Centre, Forschungszentrum Jülich.

    45th IFF Spring School, March 10 - 21, 2014
    Computing Solids: Models, Ab-initio Methods and Supercomputing

    SIAM Conference on Computational Science and Engineering, March 14 - 18, 2015, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA



    Edoardo Di Napoli, Ph.D.

    Forschungszentrum Jülich

    Miriam Hinzen, M.Sc.

    PhD student
    RWTH Aachen University



    Jan Winkelmann, M.Sc.

    PhD student, AICES
    RWTH Aachen University





    Steering Board

    Prof. Stefan Blügel (Institute IAS-I: Quantum Theory of Materials, Forschungszentrum Jülich)

    Prof. Richard Dronskowski (Chair of Solid-State and Quantum Chemistry, RWTH Aachen University)


    As part of a cooperation project between RWTH Aachen University and Forschungszentrum Jülich (JARA), a new database was created, that provides comprehensive overview of the main research areas in energy of the two institutions.


    Human Brain Project
    JARA Involved in European Megaproject on Human Brain Simulation
    JARA FIT Annual Report
    You can download the new JARA-FIT Annual Report 2014 from here. Our last year's scientific progress and our achievements are documented there.