Dr. Laurent K. Béland
Dr. Laurent K. Béland joined the Materials Science and Technology Division of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory as a postdoctoral research associate in February 2014; he received his Ph.D. in physics from the Université de Montréal, Canada in 2014. He currently is involved in the BES-funded Energy Frontier Research Center on Energy Dissipation to Defect Evolution (EDDE) at ORNL, mostly working under the advice of Dr. Roger E Stoller. He is the author or co-author of 23 peer-reviewed publications, focusing on atomistic modeling. He is also a Quebec Research Fund Postdoctoral Fellow. As a researcher in Thrust 2, he applies atomistic simulations (molecular dynamics and Monte Carlo) to understand how alloying affects radiation-induced defect formation and defect stability, leading to changes in defect accumulation. He collaborates with EDDE computational researchers on Thrust 1 and Thrust 2 to assess interatomic potentials and develop necessary modifications to those potentials, and interacts with EDDE experimentalists to compare simulation results to ion channeling, TEM, and x-ray scattering data in order to understand relevant damage mechanisms.