Thomas D Swinburne (Tom)

Research: sampling methods, massively parallel computation, statistical mechanics, coarse graining, radiation damage, plasticity

Contact: swinburne at

I am a tenured CNRS researcher (Chargé de Recherche) at the Centre Interdisciplinaire de Nanoscience de Marseille (CINaM), based in the Luminy campus of Aix-Marseille University. Until June 2018 I was a postdoc in the T-1 group of the theoretical division at Los Alamos National Laboratory with Danny Perez and Art Voter. Before that, until February 2017, I held a Eurofusion research fellowship at the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy. I finished my PhD in March 2015 with the CDT in Theory and Simulation of Materials at Imperial College London under Prof A P Sutton FRS (ICL) and Prof S L Dudarev (CCFE). My thesis was published by Springer.

My research focuses on methodological, theoretical and numerical investigation of thermally driven processes in microstructure evolution, often with applications to irradiation resistance. The marked temperature dependence of many important structural phenomena, such as the brittle to ductile transition, are known to be mediated by crystal defects such as dislocations, impurities and point defects. Understanding this slow, stochastic evolution is essential to design better structural materials, but presents challenges (primarily the large range of important time and length scales) that require significant innovation in simulation methods.

I have collaborations with with Danny Perez and Art Voter at LANL, Prof A P Sutton FRS at ICL, Prof S L Dudarev at CCFE, Prof Jamie Marian at UCLA, Mihai-Cosmin Marinica at CEA Saclay, James Kermode at the University of Warwick and Prof Kazuto Arakawa at U Shimane, Japan.