Welcome to the McGill Physics Computational Materials Science Group Web Page
Professor, Canada Research Chair
Department of Physics
McGill University, 3600 rue University,
Montreal, Québec H3A 2T8, Canada
Tel: (514) 398-4479
Scientific Director, McGill High Performance Computing Centre,
École de Technologie Supérieure (ETS),
1100 Rue Notre Dame Ouest,
Montreal, Quebec H3C-1K3
Tel: 514 396-8988
My research is at the interface of condensed matter physics and materials science. It combines high-performance computing with models derived from
non-equilibrium thermodynamics, statistical mechanics and experiments to understand the fundamental origins of microstructure length scale selection
in materials processes. These include systems undergoing crystallization from a melt or amorphous phases, particle
precipitation, second phase formation, grain growth kinetics and reaction-diffusion processes in heterogeneous materials. Most of these
systems serve as paradigms for understanding microstructure evolution during material processing. I am interested in porting over ideas
and knowledge from microscopic scales to the scales on which material properties are typically realized in practical applications. This
connection of length scales can be achieved by course-graining microscopic theories to yield meso-scale continuum and sharp-interface
models. Models thus developed can find use in materials engineering applications. Most of the phenomena I study relevance to industrial
materials processing, and some of my research is sponsored by industry.
Matthew Seymour (PhD): Phase Field Crystal (PFC) modelling of magneto-crystalline interactions in solids and extending the PFC approach for modelling non-metallic solids
Bernadine Jugdutt(MSc) (completed, 2014): Modeling of the effect of impurities on solid-liquid surface energy anisotropy using a complex amplitude models derived from a new structural phase field crystal (XPFC) model for alloys
Hossein Azizi (PhD): Modelling spatio-temporal oscillations of combustion fronts in the discrete reactant limit
Gabriel Kocher(PhD): Advancing the thermodynamcis of phase field crystal-type models for the study of solid-liquid-vapour systems and amorphous crystallization.
Raj Shampur(MSc): Phase field simulations of late stage solidificaiton, segregation and second phase distribution in complex multi-component alloys
Nathan Smith (PhD): Wavelet methods aplied for efficiet, large scale simulations of phase field crystal models of multi-component alloys
Nana Ofori-Opoku (PDF) (Completed 2014): Phase field modeling of solidification microstructure and deriving complex amplitide models from structural
phase field crystal models.
Sebastian Gurevich (RA): Phase field modeling microstructure evolution in microelectronic interconnect alloys, and in liquid crystal systems (partnering with IBM)
Kate Elder (Physics Undergraduate): Modelling the graphene structre and growth using a new structural PFC-type model
Microstructure Simulation Movies of the Provatas Research Group:
Phase Field Summer Schools and Conferneces at McGill:
About the McGill University HPC Centre:
Visit the new website of McGill HPC , McGill's new Supercomputing Centre,
member of Compute Canada
and the Calcul Quebec Networks.
For more info on about McGil HPC or help with HPC in your research, write me or visit our cool site at
École de Technologie Supérieure (ETS) on the corner of Notre Dame and Peel, 4th floor. Fairly soon there
will be a campus drop in centre too.