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Richard F L Evans



I was appointed as Seagate Lecturer in Computational Magnetism in the Department of Physics at the University of York in 2015. This followed four postdoctoral appointments at the University of York following my PhD in Computational Physics (York, 2008). 

Summary of expertise

  • Atomistic spin dynamics
  • Advanced magnetic materials
  • Computational magnetism

Departmental roles

MPhys project coordinator (2017-present)



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My research is focused on atomistic modelling of magnetic materials and spintronic devices. I am particularly interested in understanding the fundamental magnetic properties of devices for practical applications such as magnetic hyperthermia, magnetoresisitive random access memory (MRAM), heat assisted magnetic recording (HAMR), exchange bias and permanent magnets. We also develop VAMPIRE, a free and open source software package for performing atomistic spin dynamics simulations.

Research group(s)


  • 2017-2019 SUPERMAN EPSRC (EP/P022006/1) (PI), £125k
  • 2017-2020 FEMTOTERABYTE EU H2020 (Co-I), €450k
  • 2016-2017 ARCHER eCSE0709 (PI), £38k
  • 2014 - 2017 Samsung SGMI: Advanced materials for Magnetic Random Access Memory (MRAM) (Co-I), $300k

Research Team

Research staff

Dr Roberto Moreno Ortega - Atomistic simulations of magnetite nanoparticles

PhD Students

  • Mr Andrea Meo (2014-2018): Atomistic simulations of Magnetic Random Access Memory (MRAM) 
  • Ms Sarah Jenkins (2015-2019): Atomistic simulations of exchange bias
  • Daniel Meilak (2017-2018): Macroatomistic spin models



  • Stage 4: Advanced Computational Physics: HPC Applications (2016 - present)
  • BSc Projects: current topics in atomistic simulation of magnetic materials (2015 - present)
  • MPhys Projects: current topics in atomistic simulation of magnetic materials and high performance computing (2015 - present)

External activities


  • Member Institute of Physics (MInstP)

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Department of Physics
University of York
YO10 5DD

Tel: +44 (0) 1904 322822
Room: PA/023