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James Kermode's Research Group

Current group members

  • Dr James Kermode (PI). James' principal research interests are in the development of multiscale materials modelling algorithms and the software that implements them. His work applies this parameter-free modelling to make quantitative predictions of "chemomechanical" materials processes such as fracture and dislocation motion.
PhD Students
  • James Brixey (Diamond CDT PhD Student, October 2017-). James is currently doing the MSc year at the Diamond Science and Technology CDT. From 2018 he will be conducting research on interaction between cracks and defects in diamond.
  • Harry Tunstall (PhD Student, October 2018–). Harry's project relates to building and applying machine learning models for silicon carbide. He is co-supervised by Dr Gabriele Sosso in Chemistry.

See also the Warwick Centre for Predictive Modelling People pages

    Former group members

    • Punit Patel (PhD Student, 2015-2019). Punit's PhD project combined atomistic simulations with improved continuum models for crack propagation.
    • Stela Makri (PhD Student, 2015-2019). Stela's PhD project focussed on numerical analysis of transition state search methods for rare events. She was co-supervised by Prof. Christoph Ortner in Mathematics.
    • Nikola Raic (Advanced Mechanical Engineering MSc Student, 2018-19). Nikola's project involved simulation of fracture in two dimensional materials such as graphene.
    • Dr Gautam Anand (Postdoc, April 2018-March 2019). Now an Assistant Professor at IIEST, Shipbur (Kolkota).
    • Yijie Zhao (Advaned Mechanical Engineering MSc Student, 2017-18). Yijie's project involves uncertainty quantification for a random defect model of crack growth in crystals.
    • Dr Letif Mones (Postdoc, Sept 2017-Feb 2018). Letif was funded by ARCHER eCSE project 11-7 to implement preconditioned geometry optimisers in the CASTEP and ONETEP codes.
    • Zhihua Song (BEng Project Student 2016-17; URSS placement Summer 2017). Zhihua's project involved modelling defects in Ni-based superalloys with density functional theory.
    • Sebastian Potthoff (CSC MSc Student 2015/16). Sebastian's Centre for Scientific Computing MSc project involves the development of efficient transitition state search algorithms for use in electronic structure codes.
    • Harry Tunstall (Chemistry, Materials GRP summer scholarship 2016). Harry worked on uncertainty quantification for kinetic models of surface defects and catalysis, co-supervised by Dr Scott Habershon, and he's now back to do a PhD with me and Gabriele Sosso.
    • Avantika Jhanji (School of Engineering, Materials GRP summer scholarship 2015). Avantika worked on atomistic modelling of graphene/polymer nanocomposite fracture, co-supervised by Dr Lukasz Figiel.
    • John Woolley (Department of Physics, Materials GRP summer scholarship 2015). John's project designed and tested preconditioners to speed up atomistic calculations, co-supervised by Dr David Quigley in Physics and Prof. Christoph Ortner in Mathematics.