Laurent K Béland PhD.

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Assistant Professor

Walter F. Light Scholar in Applied Science

Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering
Nicol Hall, 60 Union Street,
Kingston, K7L 3N6,
Ontario, Canada

Room 328E Nicol Hall 
Phone: (613) 533-6000 x77465
FAX: (613) 533-6489

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Areas of Research

My group specializes in computational materials physics. The methods I use include:

  • Atomistic simulation on short timescales (molecular dynamics)
  • Atomistic simulations on long timescales (accelerated dynamics)
  • Mesoscale simulations
  • Classical force-field development, based on empirical and quantum mechanics

Using these tools, I study materials such as:

  • Metals and alloys for nuclear power applications
  • Cements
  • Semi-conductors

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Laboratories and Research Projects

My group works closely with the other Queen's researchers and professors, especially those part of the Reactor Materials Testing Laboratory. Since our work involves the use of supercomputing, we also interact with the Center for Advanced Computing, which is a member of Compute Canada

Here are available positions, as of April 2018:

  • PhD student: Mesh-free modelling of device failure at the macroscopic scale.


  • 2014 Ph.D. - Physique - Université de Montréal
  • 2008 B.Sc. - Physique - Université de Montréal

Previous experience

  • 2016-2017 - Postdoctoral Fellow - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 2014-2016 - Postdoctoral Fellow - Oak Ridge National Laboratory


Starting September 2018 : MECH476 Engineering of Polymers and Composite Materials