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Volker is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow and Principal Investigator in the Department of Engineering and lecturing "Concepts of Physical Chemistry" (Part II Natural Sciences Tripos) in the Department of Chemistry.


  •  Doctorate in Natural Sciences (s.c.l.), RWTH Aachen University (12/2014)

  •  Diploma in Chemistry, RWTH Aachen University (12/2010)

Research Interests

Volker is developing and applying simulation methods to understand structures and properties of complex solid-state materials. He is currently very interested in machine learning based interatomic potentials and in how these methods can provide new microscopic insight into amorphous solids.

Selected Publications (full list at Google Scholar)

  • VL Deringer, CJ Pickard G Csányi: Data-Driven Learning of Total and Local Energies in Elemental Boron. Phys. Rev. Lett. 2018, 120, 156001.

  • VL Deringer, G. Csányi: Machine learning based interatomic potential for amorphous carbon. Phys. Rev. B 2017, 95, 094203.

  • VL Deringer, U Englert, R Dronskowski: Covalency of hydrogen bonds in solids revisited. Chem. Commun. 2014, 50, 11547.

  • VL Deringer, W Zhang, M Lumeij, S Maintz, M Wuttig, R Mazzarello, R Drons­kow­ski: Bonding Nature of Local Structural Motifs in Amorphous GeTe. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2014, 53, 10817.

  • VL Deringer, AL Tchougréeff, R Dronskowski: Crystal Orbital Hamilton Population (COHP) Analysis As Projected from Plane-Wave Basis Sets. J. Phys. Chem. A 2011, 115, 5461.


Research Interests