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Microstructural Kinetics Group

Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy


Metallic glasses

Magnetic tunnel junctions

Density functional theory

Embedded atom method

Elastic properties

Electronic transport

Magnetic properties

Thermal properties

Quantum computing (Cryptography)



Key publications: 

Bean, J. J., & McKenna, K. P. (2016). Origin of differences in the excess volume of copper and nickel grain boundaries. Acta Materialia, 110, 246–257.

Bean, J. J., Saito, M., Fukami, S., Sato, H., Ikeda, S., Ohno, H., … McKenna, K. P. (2017). Atomic structure and electronic properties of MgO grain boundaries in tunnelling magnetoresistive devices. Scientific Reports, 7(January), 45594.

Bean, J. J., & McKenna, K. P. (2018). Stability of point defects near MgO grain boundaries in FeCoB/MgO/FeCoB magnetic tunnel junctions. Physical Review Materials, 2(12), 125002.

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Dr Jonathan  Bean

Contact Details

Email address: 
+44 (0) 1223 334434
Not available for consultancy


Person keywords: 
mechanical properties of metallic glasses and their structural evolution induced by mechanical and thermal processes
thin films