Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Vasily V. Bulatov

Senior Scientist
Materials Science Division

 +1 925-423-0124

Ph.D. Materials Science
Institute of Chemical Physics, Moscow

Research Interests

Physics and mechanics of materials strength and degradation, microstructure and its effects on materials properties, crystal dislocations, efficient mathematical algorithms for computer simulations of complex processes, high-performance computing, uncertainty quantification and data sciences in engineering


Honors and Awards

Edward Teller Fellow (2006)

Fellow of the American Physics Society (2005)

Fellow of the Institute of Physics, UK (1999)

Alcoa Foundation Award (1996)

William and Mary Greve Foundation Fellow (1990)

Service in International and Professional Organizations

Co-director and organizer

LLNL Summer Institute for Computational Materials Sciences & Chemistry (2001-2016)


Member of Journal Editorial Boards

Materials Theory

Journal of Mechanical Behavior of Materials

Modelling and Simulations in Materials Science & Engineering

Committee Member

Executive Committee for Dislocations Conferences

AFOSR Review Panel, National Academy of Sciences (2003)


Conference Organizer

7th International Conference "Multiscale Materials Modeling”, 2014, Berkeley

International Symposium on Integrated Materials Engineering, 2014, Berkeley

International Workshop on Materials Dynamics, 2004, Berkeley

MRS Spring 2001 Symposium, San Francisco

International Workshop on Dislocation Dynamics, 2000, Livermore

MRS Fall 1998 Symposium, Boston



“Advances in Materials Theory and Modeling”, MRS Symposia Proceedings , 2001

“Materials Research by Multiscale Computer Simulations”, MRS Bulletin, March 2001

 “Multiscale Modelling of Materials”, MRS Symposia Proceedings , 1999


Visiting Scientist/Professor

Laboratory for Physical Metallurgy, Nuclear Research Centre CEA Saclay, France (2007-2008)

Culham Centre for Fusion Energy UKAEA, UK (2007)

School of Mathematics and Physics, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland (2007)

Division of Applied Sciences, Harvard University (1996-1997)

Mechanical Engineering Department, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1990-1998)

Selected Publications

Monograph: V. V. Bulatov and W. Cai, Computer Simulations of Dislocations (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2006), 304 pages.

A. Zepeda-Ruiz, A. Stukowski, T. Oppelstrup, V. V. Bulatov, “Probing the limits of metal plasticity with molecular dynamics simulations”, Nature (in print, 2017).

Athenes and V. V. Bulatov, "Path factorization approach to stochastic simulations", Phys. Rev. Lett 113, 230601 (2014).

V. Bulatov, B.W. Reed and M. Kumar, "Grain boundary energy function for fcc metals", Acta Materialia 65, 161-175 (2014).

Kang, V.V. Bulatov and W. Cai, “Singular orientations and faceted motion of dislocations in body-centered cubic crystals, Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. 109, 15174-15178 (2012).

V. Bulatov et al., “Dislocation multi-junctions and strain hardening”, Nature 440, 1174-1178 (2006).

V. Bulatov and W. Cai, Computer Simulations of Dislocations, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2006, pp. 1-314

Oppelstrup, V. V. Bulatov, G.H. Gilmer, M.H. Kalos and B. Sadigh, “First-passage Monte Carlo algorithm: diffusion without all the hops”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 97, 230602 (2006).

Marian, W. Cai and V.V. Bulatov, “Dynamic transitions from smooth to rough to twinning in dislocation motion”, Nature Materials 3, 158-163 (2004).

de Koning, Wei Cai, and V. V. Bulatov, “Anomalous dislocation multiplication in FCC metals”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 91, 025503 (2003).

Cai, V. V. Bulatov, J.P. Chang, Ju Li and Sid Yip, “Dislocation core structure and mobility”, chapter in: Dislocations in Solids, volume 12, edited by F.R.N. Nabarro, pp. 1-80 (2003).

V.V. Bulatov and W. Cai, “Nodal effects in dislocation mobility”, Phys. Rev. Lett., 89, 115501 (2002).

W. Cai, V. V. Bulatov, J.P. Chang, J. Li, and S. Yip, “Anisotropic Elastic Interactions of a Periodic Dislocation Array”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 86, 5727 (2001). 

V. Bulatov, M. Tang and H. Zbib, “Crystal plasticity from Dislocation Dynamics”, MRS Bulletin, 191-195, March 2001. 

V. Bulatov and T. Diaz de la Rubia, “Materials research by means of multiscale computer simulation”, MRS Bulletin, 169-170, March 2001.

Cai, M. de Koning, V. V. Bulatov and S.Yip, “Minimizing boundary reflections in coupled-domain simulations”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 85, 3213 (2000).

J.F. Justo, V.V. Bulatov, M. de Koning, and Wei Cai, “Vacancy interaction with dislocations in silicon: the shuffle-glide competition", Phys. Rev. Lett 84, 2172-2175 (2000). 

Cai, V. V. Bulatov, J.F. Justo, A.S. Argon and S. Yip, "Intrinsic mobility of a dissociated dislocation in silicon", Phys. Rev. Lett. 84, 3346 (2000).

V. Bulatov et al., "Connecting atomistic and mesoscale simulations of crystal plasticity", Nature 391, 669-672 (1998).

V. Bulatov and E. Kaxiras, "Semi-discrete variational Peierls framework for dislocation core properties”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 78, 4221-4224 (1997).

V. Bulatov, J.F. Justo, W. Cai, and S. Yip."Kink asymmetry and multiplicity in dislocation cores”, Phys. Rev. Lett . 79, 5042-5045 (1997).

V. Bulatov, A.S. Argon and S. Yip, "Atomic modes of dislocation mobility in silicon," Phil Mag. A 72, 453-496 (1995).

V.V. Bulatov and A.S. Argon, "A stochastic model for elasto-plastic behavior”, Modeling and Simulations in Materials Science and Engineering 2, 167-222 (1993).

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