Los Alamos National Laboratory

Center for
Materials at Irradiation and Mechanical Extremes
A BES Energy Frontier Research Center

Timothy Germann


Contact Information

  • Los Alamos National Laboratory
    Theoretical Division
    Physics and Chemistry of Materials Group

    Phone: (505) 665-9772



  • Ph.D., Chemical Physics, Harvard University, 1995
  • B.S., Computer Science, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1991
  • B.S., Chemistry, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1991

Research and Professional Experience

  • Technical Staff Member, Los Alamos National Laboratory, April 2000-present
  • Post-doctoral Fellow, Los Alamos National Laboratory, August 1997-April 2000
  • Miller Research Fellow, University of California, Berkeley, August 1995-July 1997
  • DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellow, Department of Chemistry, Harvard University, August 1992-June 1995 (Advisor: Prof. Dudley R. Herschbach)
  • Undergraduate Research Assistant, School of Chemical Sciences, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, June 1989-August 1991 (Advisor: Prof. Herbert S. Gutowsky)

Research Interests

  • Computational materials science
  • High strain-rate material dynamics, including shock compression and release
  • Nanomechanical behavior in metallic materials

Sample Publications

"Orientation dependence in molecular dynamics simulations of shocked single crystals," T. C. Germann, B. L. Holian, P. S. Lomdahl, and R. Ravelo, Phys. Rev. Lett.  84, 5351-5354 (2000).

"Extending the Time Scale in Atomistic Simulation of Materials," A. F. Voter, F. Montalenti, and T. C. Germann, Annu. Rev. Mater. Res. 32 (2002), 321-346.

"Microscopic view of structural phase transitions due to shock waves," K. Kadau, T. C. Germann, P. S. Lomdahl, and B. L. Holian, Science 296 (2002), 1681-1684.

"Dislocation Structure Behind a Shock Front in FCC Perfect Crystals: Atomistic Simulation Results," T. C. Germann et al, Metal. and Mater. Trans. A35 (2004), 2609-2615.

"Molecular dynamics simulation of dynamical response of perfect and porous Ni/Al nanolaminates under shock loading," S. Zhao, T. C. Germann, and A. Strachan, Phys. Rev. B 76 (2007), 014103.

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