Prof Peter Coveney


Professor Peter Coveney holds a Chair in Physical Chemistry and is Director of the Centre for Computational Science (CCS), an Honorary Professor in Computer Science and a member of CoMPLEX at UCL. He is also Professor Adjunct within the Medical School at Yale University, and Director of the UCL Computational Life & Medical Sciences Network ( Coveney is active in a broad area of interdisciplinary theoretical research including condensed matter physics and chemistry, materials science, life and medical sciences including collaborations with clinicians. Coveney is PI of the Virtual Physiological Human (VPH) Network of Excellence; he is also a PI on the new EPSRC Cross-Disciplinary Landscape Award on a New Approach to Science at the Life-Science Interface. He has held and holds a large number of EPSRC and EU grants, including that as PI of the RealityGrid e-Science project and its extension as a Platform Grant; inter alia, he also led the GENIUS project, which applies lattice-Boltzmann fluid simulation techniques to model patient-specific brain blood flow in support of clinical decision making. He has been the recipient of several major US NSF and DoE funded supercomputing grants, and similar ones in Europe. Coveney is the recipient of an HPC Challenge Award (Supercomputing 2003), an HPC Analytics Challenge Award (SC05), and International Supercomputing Conference Awards (2004 and 2006). He is a founding editor of the new Journal of Computational Science and to date has published more than 280 scientific papers, edited 20 books and coauthored two best-selling popular science books (The Arrow of Time and Frontiers of Complexity, both with Roger Highfield).

Research Interests: 
  • Molecular modelling and computational chemistry
  • Cationic and anionic clays and their nanocomposites, including artificial and biopolymers
  • Mesoscale modelling and simulation
  • Kinetics of complex nonlinear physicochemical processes
  • Statistical mechanics
  • High performance and grid computing
  • Biomolecular simulation
  • Integrative Biomedicine
  • Computational science


Contact Email: 
p [dot] v [dot] coveney [at] ucl [dot] ac [dot] uk