Research [English]

 

“Io stimo più il trovar un vero, benché di cosa leggiera, che ‘l disputar lungamente delle massime questioni senza conseguir verità nissuna”
– Galileo Galilei –

“I value more finding some truth, although on a light subject, than having long discussions about the greatest questions without achieving any truth”

Last revised: March 12, 2019

Research statement 

My theoretical and computational research is mainly focussed on novel (nano)materials for energy production & harvesting, nanoelectronics, biomedical applications, information technology (phononics) and metrology. I am also interested in developing/applying new computational methods and algorithms for large-scale atomistic simulations.

Current research interests:

  1. Nanoscale thermal transport in nanostructured semiconductors (SiGe nanocomposites or superlattice, and nanocrystalline silicon) for thermoelectric applications and thermal devices.
  2. Thermal properties of 2-dimensional atomic sheets (graphene, BN, and transition-metal dichalcogenides) and organic glasses (mainly TPD).
  3. Multiscale modeling of materials mechanical behavior.
  4. Hybrid organic/inorganic interfaces for efficient solar energy harvesting.
  5. Systems of discontinuous (granular and porous) matter: structure, elastic behavior, and conduction properties.
  6. Methods and algorithms for large-scale atomistic simulations in materials physics.

Ongoing collaborations

  • Laboratoire de Thermique et Energie de Nantes – CNRS (France)
  • Catalan Institute for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), Barcelona (Spain)
  • Institut de Ciéncia de Materials de Barcelona (ICMAB) – CSIC, Barcelona (Spain)
  • Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB), Barcelona (Spain)
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Norway)
  • University of California, Davis (USA)
  • Università di Milano-Bicocca, Milano (Italy)

Ongoing projects

  1. EU FLAG-ERA MECHANIC projectModelling Charge and Heat transport in 2D-materials based Composites“: a multi-scale approach spanning from the nano- to the macro-scale, aimed at (i) providing meaningful and trustworthy insights on the transport physics and (ii) serving as design guides for graphene (and related materials) composites. The ultimate goal is to accurately predict and control charge and heat transport in graphene oxides (GO) and reduced graphene oxides (rGO) samples and GO/rGO interfaces. This project is framed within the EU “Graphene” Flagship initiative.
  2. PON R&I 2014-2020 call “Attraction&International Mobility” project “Theoretical design of SiGe nano-structures for efficient thermoelectric conversion“: a full theoretical-computational investigation on SiGe-based nano-strutures, aimed at the predictive modelling and engineering of their morphological and compositional features to achieve the best thermoelectric performace. More generally, we are developing a through re-addressing of the fundamental transport physics in condensed matter nano-systems.

Full publication list

http://www.researcherid.com/rid/D-9013-2013 (Source: ISI WoS)

 

Group members

Role Email
Claudio Melis Assistant professor email
Antonio Cappai Ph.D. student email
Lukas Schramm M. Sc. ERASMUS student

 

 

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