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Ronald Miller

Professor and Chair, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
    Phone:613-520-2600, ext. 5703
    Building:Mackenzie, Room 3130
    Department:Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
    Degrees:B.Sc., Manitoba Sc.M. and Ph.D., Brown University



    Nanocomposites, high strain rate deformation of polymers, transparent armor; Effects of radiation on materials in nuclear reactors; Nano-mechanics; Multiscale and molecular dynamics simulations of materials; High-performance computing applications of multi-scale modeling in materials science.

    Research Interests:

    • Nanomechanics
    • Computational Mechanics of Materials
    • Molecular Dynamics and Multiscale Modeling
    • Transparent Armor and Nanocomposites
    • Oil antioxidants
    • Atomistic Modeling of Crystal Defects

    Research Group Website (click the link)



    Modeling Materials: Continuum, Atomistic and Multiscale Techniques” E.B. Tadmor and R.E. Miller, Cambridge University Press, 2011.

    Continuum Mechanics and Thermodynamics: From Fundamental Concepts to Governing Equations” E.B. Tadmor, R.E. Miller and R.S. Elliott, Cambridge University Press, 2011.


    Journal Articles: Full list here: (

    Contributed Papers in Refereed Journals (submitted):

    1. Nuwan Dewapriya and Ronald Miller, “Nanoscale Energy Absorption Mechanisms of Ultrathin Multilayer Structures Under Ballistic Impact Loading,” submitted to Computational Materials Science, December 2020.
    2. Nuwan Dewapriya and Ronald Miller, “Molecular Dynamics Study of the Penetration Resistance of Multilayer Polymer/Ceramic Nanocomposites Under Supersonic Projectile Impacts,” submitted to Extreme Mechanics Letters, October 2020.

    Contributed Papers in Refereed Journals (published):

    1. Zheng Liu, Xin Wang, Ronald Miller, Jiaqi Hu and Xu Chen “Ductile fracture properties of 16MND5 bainitic forging steel under different in-plane and out-of-plane constraint conditions: experiments and predictions,” Engineering Fracture Mechanics241, 107359, 2021. (
    2. Nuwan Dewapriya and Ronald Miller, “Superior Dynamic Penetration Resistance of Nanoscale Multilayer Polymer/Metal Films,” Journal of Applied Mechanics87(12): 121009 (11 pages) 2020. (
    3. Rafaela Aguiar, Ronald Miller and Oren Petel “Synthesis and Characterization of Partially Silane-Terminated Polyurethanes Reinforced with Acid-Treated Halloysite Nanotubes for Transparent Armour Systems,” Scientific Reports10:13805, 2020. (open access)
    4. Nuwan Dewapriya and Ronald Miller, “Molecular dynamics study of the mechanical behaviour of ultrathin polymer-metal multilayers under extreme dynamic conditions,” Computational Materials Science184, 109951, 2020. (
    5. Manura Liyanage, Ronald Miller and Nimal Rajapakse, “Denuded zones in zirconium pressure vessels: oxygen’s role examined via multi-scale diffusion model,” Modeling and Simulation in Materials Science and Engineering28, 065005, 2020. (
    6. Chris Bassindale, Ronald Miller and Xin Wang, “Effect of single initial overload and mean load on the low-cycle fatigue life of normalized 300M alloy steel,” International Journal of Fatigue130, 105273, 2020. (
    7. Manura Liyanage, Ronald Miller and Nimal Rajapakse, “First principles study of hydrogen in lead zirconate titanate,” Smart Materials and Structures, 28, 034002, 2019. (
    8. Manura Liyanage, Ronald Miller and Nimal Rajapakse, “Multi-scale approach for determining hydrogen diffusivity in zirconium,” Modeling and Simulation in Materials Science and Engineering, 26, 085002, 2018. (
    9. Jean-François Joly and Ronald Miller, “Density Functional Theory Rate Calculation of Hydrogen Abstraction Reactions of N‐Phenyl-α-naphthylamine Antioxidants,” Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research57, pp 876–880, 2018. (

    Recent Papers Published in Conference Proceedings:

    1. R. AguiarA. LebarA. OddyR. Millerand O. Petel, “Synthesis and mechanical characterization of polyurethane reinforced with halloysite nanotubes” AIP Conference Proceedings 2272, 120001, 2020.