Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Joel Berry

Staff Scientist
Materials Science Division

 +1 925-422-2893

PhD Physics
– McGill University
BS Mechanical Engineering
– Kettering University

Research Interests

  • Computational and theoretical materials science
  • Phase transition kinetics and microstructure evolution
  • Inter-relations between defects/interfaces, composition, mechanics, chemical reactions, and transport
  • Structural materials, 2D & layered materials, soft matter, driven and active materials
  • Self-organization / organelle self-assembly in living cells
  • Phase field modeling


Joel joined LLNL in 2019 as a Staff Scientist. His current research includes modeling microstructure evolution in metal alloys during laser-based additive manufacturing and in solid oxide electrolysis cells during water splitting. Joel was a Postdoctoral Fellow / Researcher at the University of Pennsylvania (2016–2018), Princeton University (2013–2016), and McMaster University / University of British Columbia (2012–2013). He has a PhD in Physics from McGill University and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering University.

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Selected Publications

J. Berry, S. Ristić, S. Zhou, J. Park, and D. J. Srolovitz. “The MoSeS Dynamic Omnigami Paradigm for Smart Shape and Composition Programmable 2D Materials”, Nature Communications 10, 5210 (2019).

Y. Shin, Y.-C. Chang, D. S. W. Lee, J. Berry, D. W. Sanders, P. Ronceray, N. S. Wingreen, M. P. Haataja, and C. P. Brangwynne. “Liquid Nuclear Condensates Mechanically Sense and Restructure the Genome”, Cell 175, 1481 (2018).

J. Berry, C. P. Brangwynne, and M. P. Haataja. “Physical Principles of Intracellular Organization via Active and Passive Phase Transitions”, Reports on Progress in Physics 81, 046601 (2018).

J. Berry, S. Zhou, J. Han, D. J. Srolovitz, and M. P. Haataja. “Dynamic Phase Engineering of Bendable Transition Metal Dichalcogenide Monolayers”, Nano Letters 17 (4), 2473 (2017).

Y. Shin, J. Berry, N. Palucci, M. P. Haataja, J. E. Toettcher, and C. P. Brangwynne. “Spatiotemporal Control of Intracellular Phase Transitions Using Light-Activated optoDroplets”, Cell 168, 1-13 (2017).

J. Berry*, S. C. Weber*, N. Vaidya, M. P. Haataja, and C. P. Brangwynne. “RNA Transcription Modulates Phase Transition-Driven Nuclear Body Assembly”, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112 (38), E5237-E5245 (2015). *Co-first authors

J. Berry, N. Provatas, J. Rottler, and C. W. Sinclair. “Defect Stability in Phase-Field Crystal Models: Stacking Faults and Partial Dislocations”, Physical Review B 86, 224112 (2012).

J. Berry and M. Grant. “Modeling Multiple Time Scales During Glass Formation with Phase-Field Crystals”, Physical Review Letters 106, 175702 (2011).

K. R. Elder, N. Provatas, J. Berry, P. Stefanovic, and M. Grant. “Phase-field Crystal Modeling and Classical Density Functional Theory of Freezing”, Physical Review B 75, 064107 (2007).

J. Berry, M. Grant, and K. R. Elder. “Diffusive Atomistic Dynamics of Edge Dislocations in Two Dimensions”, Physical Review E 73, 031609 (2006).

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