“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: July 4th, 2019
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:
- Nanoscale thermal transport in nanostructured semiconductors (SiGe nanocomposites) for thermoelectric applications and thermal devices.
- Thermal properties of 2-dimensional atomic sheets (graphene, BN, and transition-metal dichalcogenides) and organic glasses (mainly TPD).
- Physics of systems of discontinuous matter (porous and granular nano-materials): morphology, microstructure evolution, transport properties
- Multiscale modeling of materials mechanical behavior.
- Hybrid organic/inorganic interfaces for efficient solar energy harvesting.
- Systems of discontinuous (granular and porous) matter: structure, elastic behavior, and conduction properties.
- Methods and algorithms for large-scale atomistic simulations in materials physics.
- 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)
- Call EU FLAG-ERA, “MECHANIC” project “Modelling 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. My role is leader of the research unit @ Dept. of Physics, UniCa.
- Call PON R&I 2014-2020 “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. My role is project leader.
- Call “Brains to South”, project “Granular materials for neuromorphic computing“: granular materials are the basic building blocks for novel bio-inspired computational devices. This project is aimed at developing new fundamental knowledge about their electric transport properties by a multi-scale, experiment-tailored approach. The P.I. of this research, funded by “Fondazione con il sud”, is dr. W. Tarantino; the project is hosted in my research group and benefits of the partnership with the CIMAINA center at the University of Milano (I).
- Fondazione di Sardegna, Progetti di Ricerca di Base, project “ADVAnced Nanoporous materials for Cutting-edge engineerING”: nanoporous solids exhibit an intriguing combination of thermo-mechanical performances, electric transport, electromagnetic shielding, sound absorption and energy dissipation. Focusing on the challenges issued by structure-property relationships, the project aims at fostering a definite progress in the field through a suitable combination of experiments and multiscale modeling. More specifically, experimental microstructural information will be used as input for atomistic simulations aimed at providing insight into the observed physical and chemical properties. My role is leader of the research unit @ Dept. of Physics, UniCa.
Full publication list
http://www.researcherid.com/rid/D-9013-2013 (Source: ISI WoS)
|Claudio Melis||Assistant professor (tenured)|
|Konstanze Regina Hahn||Researcher (non tenured)|
|Antonio Cappai||Ph.D. student|
|Lukas Schramm||M. Sc. ERASMUS student|