MA MSci PhD MInstP FHEA
Dec 2016-present Associate Professor, School of Engineering, University of Warwick
2014-2016 Assistant Professor, School of Engineering, University of Warwick
2009-2014 Postdoc in the Department of Physics at King's College London
2007-2008 Postdoc in the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge
2004-2007 PhD in the TCM Group at the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge
My office hours are Tuesdays 9-10am and Thursdays 9am-10am during term in room D210.
- Postdoctural research associate in materials modelling (3 years) associated with Leverhulme Trust project The Nature of Interatomic Forces in Metallic Systems. There is a linked postdoc position in Mathematics, working with Prof. Christoph Ortner. See advert on Psi-k for more details.
- Fully funded PhD position Atomistically Informed Fatigue Crack Growth Models. This is an Industrial CASE award in collaboration with TWI Ltd.
- Dec 2017 Article on machine learning for molecules and materials published in Science Advances. A short Science Highlight is on the WCPM pages and the university has issued this press release.
- Oct 2017 Funding announcted for EPSRC grant Reducing Risk through Uncertainty Quantification for Past, Present and Future Generations of Nuclear Power Plant in collaboration with Manchester and Bristol
- Oct 2017 Funding announced for Leverhulme Research Project Grant The Nature of Interatomic Forces in Metallic Systems. Investigators are Prof. Christoph Ortner and myself. Project will run from April 2018 for four years and support two postdoctoral researchers.
- Oct 2017 Paper on computing energy barriers in QM/MM published in Phys. Rev. B
- Oct 2017 Welcome to new PhD students Ian Atkinson and James Brixey
- Sept 2017 ARCHER eCSE project on preconditioners in CASTEP and ONETEP funded
- July 2017 Article on fracture toughness of sliicon carbide published in Nature Comms
I develop multiscale materials modelling algorithms and the software that implements them. My recent work applies this parameter-free modelling to make quantitative predictions of "chemomechanical" materials failure processes where stress and chemistry are tightly coupled, e.g. near the tip of a propagating crack (left), where local bond-breaking chemistry is driven by long-range stress fields. Recents projects include:
- A. P. Bartok, S. De, C. Poelking, N. Bernstein, J. R. Kermode, G. Csányi and M. Ceriotti, Machine learning unifies the modeling of materials and molecules. Science Advances 3, e1701816 (2017). [arXiv] [Open Access]
- T. D. Swinburne and J. R. Kermode, Computing energy barriers for rare events from hybrid quantum/classical simulations through the virtual work principle, Phys. Rev. B 96, 144102 (2017). [arXiv] [Open Access]
- G. Sernicola, T. Giovannini, P. Patel, J. R. Kermode, D. S. Balint, T. Ben Britton, and F. Giuliani, In situ stable crack growth at the micron scale, Nat. Commun. 8, 108 (2017). [Open Access]
- F. Bianchini, J.R. Kermode, and A. De Vita, Modelling defects in Ni–Al with EAM and DFT calculations, Modell. Simul. Mater. Sci. Eng. 24, 045012 (2016) [Open Access]
- D. Packwood, J. R. Kermode, L. Mones, N. Bernstein, J. Woolley, N. Gould, C. Ortner, and G. Csányi, A universal preconditioner for simulating condensed phase materials, J. Chem. Phys. 144, 164109 (2016).
[arXiv] [Open Access]
- M. Aldegunde, J. R. Kermode, and N. Zabaras, Development of an exchange–correlation functional with uncertainty quantification capabilities for density functional theory, J. Comput. Phys. 311, 173 (2016).
- J. R. Kermode, A. Gleizer, G. Kovel, L. Pastewka, G. Csányi, D. Sherman, and A. De Vita, Low Speed Crack Propagation via Kink Formation and Advance on the Silicon (110) Cleavage Plane, Phys. Rev. Lett. 115, 135501 (2015) [Open Access]
- Z. Li, J. R. Kermode, and A. De Vita, Molecular Dynamics with On-the-Fly Machine Learning of Quantum-Mechanical Forces, Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 096405 (2015) [Open Access]
- E. Bitzek, J. R. Kermode and P. Gumbsch, Atomistic aspects of fracture, Int. J. Fract. 191, 13-30 (2015)
- A. Gleizer, G. Peralta, J. R. Kermode, A. De Vita and D. Sherman, Dissociative Chemisorption of O2 Inducing Stress Corrosion Cracking in Silicon Crystals. Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 115501 (2014).
- J.R. Kermode, L. Ben-Bashat, F. Atrash, J.J. Cilliers, D. Sherman and A. De Vita, Macroscopic scattering of cracks initiated at single impurity atoms. Nat. Commun. 4, 2441 (2013).
- N. Bernstein, J. R. Kermode and G. Csányi, Hybrid atomistic simulation methods for materials systems. Rep. Prog. Phys. 72, 026501 (2009).
- J. R. Kermode, T. Albaret, D. Sherman, N. Bernstein, P. Gumbsch, M. C. Payne, G. Csányi and A. De Vita, Low speed fracture instabilities in a brittle crystal, Nature 455, 1224-1227 (2008).
See also my full Publications page, my Talks page, and my profiles on ORCID, Google Scholar and the Warwick Research Archive Portal. My PhD Thesis is available from the University of Cambridge's repository.
- ARCHER eCSE project 11-7 (Sept 2017 - Feb 2018) supports postdoc Dr Letif Mones to implement preconditioned geometry optimisers in the CASTEP and ONETEP codes. Co-investigators are Dr Nick Hine and Prof. Christoph Ortner (Warwick) and Prof. Matt Probert (York).
- I hold a Royal Society Research Project Grant (April 2017-Mar 2018) Bridging from Quantum Mechanical to Continuum Mechanical Models of Fracture, which provides funding for local computational resources.
- I am a member of the UK Car Parinello Consortium, which has secured EPSRC funding (2017-2021) to provide access to the UK national supercomputer ARCHER.
- My EPSRC First Grant Predictive Modelling of the Fundamentals of Failure in Metals (Aug 2016 - July 2018) has the overarching aim of developing new models to enable continuum-scale modelling of failure processes, in particular crack growth, by incorporating pre-computed first-principles information. This funding support my postdoc Dr Petr Grigorev.
- The Novel Materials Discovery (NoMaD) laboratory, funded under the Horizon 2020 Centre of Excellence initiative, will enable access to the huge amount of data routinely produced by computational materials science calculations through the online NoMaD repository. I am a senior researcher within the project, which is led by the Fritz Haber Institute and involves a consortium of 11 organisations throughout Europe. This project supports my postdoc Dr Berk Onat.
- Hydrogen Embrittlement of Steels - I am an external associate of this EPSRC Programme Grant involving Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial, King's and Sheffield.
Previous Research Projects
- SiO2 Fracture: Chemomechanics with a Machine-Learning Hybrid QM/MM Scheme - project allocated 126 million core hours in 2016 on the Mira machine at the Argonne Leadership Computer Facility under the US DoE's INCITE programme to investigate stress corrosion cracking in silica (right). Co-investigators are Alessandro De Vita (King's) and Anatole von Lilienfeld (Basel).
- Multiscale Atomistic Simulation of the Mechanical Behaviour of Nickel-based Superalloys. Project allocated 20 million core hours at the Cineca and Jülich supercomputer centres. Other project members are Federico Bianchini, Alessio Comisso and Alessandro De Vita (all at King's).
- I’m one of the authors of the libAtoms/QUIP molecular dynamics framework, available from our public github repository, and licensed under the GNU GPLv2.
- quippy package, a Python interface to the libatoms/QUIP framework.
- matscipy, a Python software library for computational materials science developed with Lars Pastewka.
- f90wrap, a utility for wrapping Fortran 95 code to make it accessible from Python, including support for derived types.
- Other software is available from my GitHub page, including an enhanced version of the AtomEye atomistic visualisation software which can read Extended XYZ (.xyz) and NetCDF (.nc) files (Note: the extended XYZ format is now also supported by OVITO and ASE).
- Noam Bernstein (Naval Research Laboratory, Washington DC, USA)
- Gábor Csányi (Cambridge, UK)
- Alessandro De Vita (King's College London, UK)
- Peter Gumbsch (Fraunhofer IWM, Germany)
- Gianpietro Moras (Fraunhofer IWM, Germany)
- Lars Pastewka (Karlsruhe IAM, Germany)
- Mike Payne (Cambridge, UK)
- Dov Sherman (Technion Institute, Israel)
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