Curriculum vitae


Full CV in pdf format

Current position

I am associate professor at the Physics Department of the University of Trieste (Italy) since 2020.

Academic track

  • Abilitazione scientifica nazionale, professore di seconda fascia settore 02/B2
    MIUR (Ministero dell'Istruzione, dell'Università e della Ricerca), Italy, 2018/08
  • Habilitation à diriger des recherches (HDR)
    University of Montpellier, France, 2017/02
  • Maitre de conférences (Associate Professor)
    Laboratoire Charles Coulomb, University of Montpellier, Montpellier (France), 2010--2020
  • Post-doc
    Soft Matter Theory group, Technische Universität Wien, Austria, 2008--2010
    Group leader: Gerhard Kahl
  • Ph.D. in Physics
    University of Trieste, Italy, 2005--2008
    Supervisor: Giorgio Pastore
  • Fellowship CNR-INFM
    Centro di simulazione CNR-INFM "Democritos", Trieste, Italy, 2004/09--2004/12
    Supervisor: Giorgio Pastore
  • Laurea in Physics
    University of Trieste, Italy, 1999--2004
    Supervisor: Giorgio Pastore
    Grade: 110/110 cum laude

Research


My research interests concern the physics of disordered states of matter, with particular focus on the microscopic mechanisms of glass formation and on glass structure. I am also interested in modeling the the peculiar phase behavior, structure and dynamics of soft condensed matter. My work is based on the methods of statistical physics, liquid state theory and on computer simulations.

Over the years I developed a computational approach based on reproducible research, high-performance computing and on high-level simulation frameworks, such as the atooms Python package, which I develop.

I am the author of 39 peer-reviewed papers (full list), h-index = 23 (Web Of Science, 2021/06).

Full list of seminars and talks at international conferences.

Fellowships

  • JSPS Invitational Fellowship for Research in Japan (Short Term), 2019/02
    University of Tokyo and University of Nagoya
    Visited institutions: University of Tokyo and University of Nagoya
    Collaborators: Dr. Atsushi Ikeda, Dr. Takeshi Kawasaki, Prof. Kunimasa Miyazaki

Awards

  • Prime d'encadrement doctoral et de recherche (PEDR), 2018
  • Top reviewer award for the Journal of Chemical Physics, 2012
  • ICTP Award, International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), 2004
  • Luciano Fonda scolarship for undergraduate students in Physics, 2000--2003
    Corso di Laurea in Fisica, University of Trieste

Research grants

  • Participant in ERC project
    "Statistical physics of dense particle systems in the absence of thermal fluctuations", 2012--2017
    Principal investigator: Ludovic Berthier
  • Principal investigator in PRACE project
    "Amorphous order in glassy silica", 2014/03--2015/03
    Collaborators: Walter Kob
    Resources: 150.000h GPU
  • Principal investigator in PRACE project
    "Multi-GPU parallel tempering simulations", 2013/07--2014/01
    Collaborators: Walter Kob
    Resources: 100.000h GPU

Academic service

  • Member of the Ph.D. program committee in Applied Data Science and Artificial Intelligence
    University of Trieste, 2021--
  • Member of selection committee for associate professors
    Department of Physics, University of Trieste, 2021/06
  • Member of selection committee for researchers
    Department of Physics, University of Trieste, 2021/03
  • Member of admission committee for the Collegio "Luciano Fonda"
    Collegio "Luciano Fonda", University of Trieste, 2020/07
  • Member of Ph.D. hiring committee
    École doctorale I2S, University of Montpellier, 2019/06
  • Head of the "Statistical Physics" group at the Charles Coulomb Laboratory
    University of Montpellier, 2016--2019
  • Member of "comité de section" (expert pool) CNU 28
    University of Montpellier, 2017--

Conferences' organization

  • Member of programme committee of the international conference "International Workshop on Dynamics in Viscous Liquids"
    Montpellier (France), 2015/05
  • Co-organizer of mini-colloquium "Fluids in confinment in and out of equilibrium"
    Journées de la Matière Condensée 14, Paris (France), 2014/08
    Co-organizers: Gerhard Kahl
  • Co-organizer of CECAM workshop "Complex dynamics of fluids in disordered and crowded environments"
    Lyon (France), 2010/06
    Co-organizers: Gerhard Kahl and Vincent Krakoviack

Refereeing

  • Referee for peer-review journals:
    European Journal of Physics B, Journal of Chemical Physics, Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids, Journal of Physical Chemistry B, Journal of Statistical Mechanics, Molecular Physics, Nature Communications, Nature Physics, Physical Review B, Physical Review E, Physical Review Letters, Physical Review Research, Physical Review X, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Soft Matter, Science Advances, Scientific Reports, SciPost Physics,
  • Reviewer for research funding agencies:
    Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR, French national research agency), Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German national funding agency), Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (NWO, Dutch Research Council), Université franco-allemande (France-Germany), Fondo Sociale Europeo, Regione Friuli Venezia-Giulia (Italy), Programma per Giovani Ricercatori "Rita Levi Montalcini" (MIUR, Italian Ministry of University and Research), Labex PALM, Paris-Saclay (France),

Member of PhD commitees

  • Member of the committee of the Ph.D thesis of Zeno Filiberti
    Università dell'Insubria, 2021/03
  • External examiner and member of the committee of the Ph.D thesis of Susana Marín Aguilar
    Université Paris-Sud, 2020/12
  • External examiner and member of the committee of the Ph.D thesis of Thomas Konincks
    Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon (France), 2017/11
  • External examiner and member of the committee of the Ph.D thesis of Céline Ruscher
    Université de Strasbourg (France), 2017/10
  • External examiner and member of the committee of the Ph.D thesis of Rhiannon Pinney
    University of Bristol (U.K.), 2017/02
  • External examiner and member of the committee of the Ph.D thesis of Lorenzo Costigliola
    Roskilde University (Denmark), 2016/09
  • External examiner and member of the committee of the Ph.D thesis of Marco Bernabei
    Universidad del Pais Vasco, San Sebastian (Spain), 2011/04

Teaching


I teach at the "Laurea Magistrale" in Physics and at the "Laurea Triennale" in Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics at the University of Trieste, since 2020/2021. Prior to that, I taught for 10 years at the Department of Physics of the University of Montpellier in France. My teaching activity included frontal lessons, exercices, experimental and numerical lab sessions on the following subjects:

  • classical mechanics
  • thermodynamics
  • waves
  • random walks
  • disordered systems
  • molecular dynamics simulations
  • high-performance computing

From 2012/2013 to 2017/2018, I enjoyed a teaching service reduction as participant to the ERC grant "Statistical physics of dense particle systems in the absence of thermal fluctuations".

Teaching in foreign institutions

  • Lab session on "Molecular Dynamics / Glasses"
    DPG School on Computational Physics of Complex and Disordered Systems, Bad Honnef (Germany), 20/09/2015

  • Lab session "Python for physicists" on the Python language
    Department of Physics, University of Tokyo (Japan), 19/03/2019

Service

  • Tutorials on computer science for graduate students in Physics
    University of Trieste, 2021--

  • Coordinator of the teaching committee on thermodynamics and statistical physics courses
    Département d'enseignement de Physique, University of Montpellier, 2019

  • Tutorials on atomisitic simulations on GPUs for undergraduate students in Physics
    University of Montpellier, 2016--2020

  • Teaching supervisor of the 2nd year of Physics ("responsable d'année")
    University of Montpellier, 2015--

  • Member of the teaching committee to organize Physics courses
    Département d'enseignement de Physique, University of Montpellier, 2013

Students' supervision

PhD students

  • Advisor of Joris Paret
    "Hidden order in amorphous materials"
    University of Montpellier, 2018--
  • Co-advisor of Andrea Ninarello
    "Computer simulations of supercooled liquids near the experimental glass transition"
    University of Montpellier, 2014--2017
    Principal advisor: Ludovic Berthier,
  • Co-advisor of Pascal Nadal
    "Stochastic conformational changes in protein crystals"
    University of Montpellier, 2013--2016
    Principal advisors: Norbert Kern and Vladimir Lorman,

Master students

  • Advisor of master thesis (M2 level stage) of Matteo Marian
    "Struttura spaziale delle eccitazioni elementari nei sistemi disordinati"
    Laurea magistrale in Fisica della Materia, University of Trieste, 2021
  • Advisor of master thesis (M2 level stage) of Riccardo Rende
    "Metodi di apprendimento rinforzato per la simulazione Monte Carlo di sistemi disordinati"
    Laurea magistrale in Fisica della Materia, University of Trieste, 2021
  • Advisor of master thesis (M1 level stage) of Cyril Santi
    "Modélisation et simulation atomistique de la silice bi-dimensionnelle"
    Master Nanophysique, University of Montpellier, 2019
  • Advisor of master thesis (M1 level stage) of Florian Garcin
    "Modélisation de la matière active"
    Master Physique et Ingenièrie du Vivant, University of Montpellier, 2019
  • Advisor of master thesis (M2 level stage) of Athina Monemvassitis
    "Détection de communautés appliquée aux hétérogénéités structurelles dans des matériaux désordonnés"
    Ecole Normale Supérieure, Lyon, 2018
  • Advisor of master thesis (M2 level stage) of Dwight Smite
    "Dynamique moléculaire sur architecture SIMD"
    Master Physique-Informatique, University of Montpellier, 2014
  • Advisor of master thesis (M2 level stage) of Pascal Nadal
    "Modélisation de suspensions de particules à forme fluctuante"
    Master Physique-Informatique, University of Montpellier, 2013
    joint tuition with Norbert Kern,
  • Co-advisor of master thesis (Master level stage) of Lukas Strauss
    "Vibrations and diffusion in colloidal cluster crystals"
    Master, Institut für Theoretische Physik, TU Wien, 2009
    joint tuition with Gerhard Kahl,