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Matt Probert
Professor

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Biography

BSc, PhD (Birmingham), CPhys, FInstP

Career

2016 - : Professor, Department of Physics, University of York
2012 - 2016: Reader, Department of Physics, University of York
2005 - 2012: Senior Lecturer, Department of Physics, University of York
2000 - 2005: Lecturer, Department of Physics, University of York
1999 - 2000: Lloyd's Fellow, Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge
1996 - 1999: Research Associate, Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge
1995 - 1996: Research Fellow, Department of Physics, University College London
1994 - 1995: Research Fellow, Department of Physics, University of Durham

Departmental roles

  • Theoretical Physics champion
  • Chair of Physics Computing Strategy Committee

University roles

  • co-Chair of UoY HPC Management Committee
  • Member of UoY Promotions Committee
  • Director of N8 CIR

Research

Overview

Matt leads the Condensed Matter Dynamics group which is part of the Condensed Matter Physics group. His research is focused on the application of computer modelling to understanding the properties of materials.

Projects

CASTEP is a widely used general purpose materials modelling computer program based upon Density Functional Theory. It is developed by a team of UK Academics of which Matt Probert and Phil Hasnip are two of the leading authors.

The research within the group is based around either;

  • theoretical / algorithmic developments within CASTEP, such as new approaches to molecular dynamics or structure optimization / prediction, calculating transport properties, new parallelization strategies, etc.
  • applications of CASTEP to different systems, such as thermoelectric materials, spintronic materials, 2D materials, phase diagrams of materials, electronic spectroscopy of graphene, etc

Research group(s)

  • Dr. Phil Hasnip
  • Dr Peter Byrne
  • Dr Genadi Naydenov
  • Mr Alban d'Harcourt
  • Mr Ben Durham

Grants

Support for the UKCP Consortium (April 2017 - March 2021)
This is one of EPSRC flagship High End Computing consortia, and links together 21 different research groups within the UK that have a common interest in using computer simulation based upon highly accurate quantum mechanics, to study the properties of materials.

Materials and Molecular Modelling (MMM) Exascale Design and Development Working Group (May 2020 - July 2021)
This is part of the Excalibur project, to develop the UK materials modelling community for the coming of exascale computing.

Northern Intensive Computing Environment (Feb 2020 - Jan 2024)
This establishes and operates a new Tier-2 supercomputer "Bede", based upon IBM Power9 CPU and Nvidia Volta GPUs, and designed to be used for image analysis and machine learning in particular. The facility is managed by the N8 CIR.

The Materials and Molecular Modelling Hub (Jan 2020 - Dec 2023)
This updates the MMM Hub Tier-2 supercomputer facility which was established in 2016, to make it relevant for the ongoing simulation of materials, and supports the UK materials modelling community.

Matt Probert

Department of Physics
University of York
Heslington
York
YO10 5DD
U.K.

matt.probert@york.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1904 322239
Fax: +44 (0)1904 322214
Web: Personal page
Room: P/A021

Teaching

Undergraduate

  • Year 1 - Modern Fortran
  • Year 2 - Computational Physics Laboratory
  • Year 4 - High Performance Computing

Postgraduate

First Principles Materials Modelling

Other teaching

  • HPC Autumn Academy
  • Materials Modelling at the University of Lille, France

External activities

Memberships

  • Director of N8 Centre of Excellence in Computationally Intensive Research
  • Chair of UKCP
  • IoP: FInstP, CPhys
  • Member of EPSRC HPC SAC
  • Member of CCP Steering Panel
  • Visiting Professor at the University of Lille, France

Editorial duties

  • Referee for IoP, APS and ACS journals
  • Grant reviewer for EPSRC, DoE (USA), SNSF (Switzerland), NRF (South Africa)
  • Member of the Editorial Board for the IoP 'Electronic Structure' journal