Institute of materials (IOM)



Phone number: 040 375 6478

Curriculum (IT)
Curriculum (EN)


2018-present Director of the "Istituto Officina dei Materiali" CNR-IOM, Trieste, Italy (

2014-2017 Person in charge the CNR-IOM DEMOCRITOS Theory Unit@SISSA (

2005-2013 Head of the theory group@ELETTRA synchrotron facility

Professional experience

2008-present Research staff member, CNR-IOM DEMOCRITOS Theory Unit@SISSA, Trieste, Italy

2004-2008 Tenure-track researcher, DEMOCRITOS Simulation Center, INFM and CNR. Tenured in 2008

2003-2004 Postdoctoral research fellow, INFM-CNR DEMOCRITOS, @SISSA Trieste, Italy

2000-2002 Postdoctoral research fellow, Max-Planck-Institut für Metallforschung, Stuttgart, Germany


2000 Ph.D. degree in physics, Queen's University of Belfast, UK

1998 Degree in Materials Science and Engineering, University of Trieste, Italy. 110/100 cum laude

Scientific production and activity

* 73 scientific papers published in international journals and refereed conference proceedings

* 14000+ citations, H-index 34 (source Google Scholar, March 2018)

* 59 invited talks at international conferences

* Director/organizer of 12 scientific conferences&workshops

Awards and distinctions

2016 Honorary Hans Fischer Fellow - Institute for Advanced Studies - Technische Universität München

2015 Friedrich W. Bessel research award - Alexander von Humboldt foundation

2015 Chinese Academy of Science, President's International Fellowship Initiative

2014 Abilitazione nazionale as associate professor in chemistry (sectors 03/B1 and 03/A2)

2014 Abilitazione nazionale as associate professor in theoretical condensed matter physics (sector 02/B2)


* 2010-2017 Professore a contratto, SISSA, Trieste, Italy

* 2015-2016 Professore a contratto, University of Padova, Italy,br>
* 2010-2011 Professore a contratto, University of Trieste, Italy

* 2006-present Supervisor of 6 PhD, 3 MSc students, 13 postdoctoral fellows

* 2004-present 16 invited lectures at schools&workshops in the field of computational materials science

* 2000-2002 Teaching assistant, MSc course, "Electronic structure of condensed matter", University of Stuttgart

* 1997-1999 Teaching assistant, MSc course, "Materials science" Queen's University of Belfast, UK

Scientific interests

Keywords: Computational materials science - from electronic structure to atomistic modelling; Nanostructured materials for artificial photosynthesis, water splitting, hydrogen production/purification and fuel cells; Surface chemistry and heterogeneous catalysis; Defect chemistry of materials; Surface-supported organic and metal-organic nanostructures; Multiscale computational methods; Computational spectroscopy and microscopy


Principal Investigator, scientist in charge, coordinator

* 10 MEUR EU H2020-INFRAIA-2014/2015 - Nanoscience foundries and fine analysis for Europe, 2015-2019

* 3.9 MEUR EU FP7-NMP-2012 - Design of thin-film nano catalysts for on-chip fuel cell technology, 2013-2016

* 100 KEUR EU FP7-PEOPLE-IRG-2008 - Water splitting Catalysts for Artificial Photosynthesis, 2009-2013

* 300 KEUR Convenzione quadro CNR- Sincrotrone Trieste, 2007-2013

* 40 KEUR PRIN - Controlling the structure&function of metallorganic nanostructures on metal surfaces; 2010-2013

* 78 KEUR FVG regional grant: Nanocatalysis on carbon-based materials. 2008-2010


* FP7-PEOPLE-COST-2011 - CM1104 Reducible oxide chemistry, structure and functions 2013-2015

* PRIN: GRAF Frontiere della ricerca sul grafene, 2013-2016

* FP7-INFRA-2007-2.1.1: NFFA - Nanoscience Foundries and Fine Analysis, 2011-2013

PI and in computational grants (last 4 years only)

>55 M hours on HPC infrastructures (PRACE - Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe

Research visits

2015-2016 Technische Universität München (fellowship)

2013 National Institute for Materials Science, Tsukuba, Japan (Invited)

2011 CECAM, Centre Européen de Calcul Atomique et Moléculaire, Lausanne, CH (Invited)

2010 Molecular Foundry, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab., Berkeley, USA

2005 Max-Planck-Institut für Festkörperforschung, Stuttugart, Germany (travel fellowship)

Other professional activities

* Member of steering panel of SISSA PhD program in Condensed Matter

* Member of PhD and Master examination committees for: Humboldt University, University of Lyon, Aarhus University; King's College of London; SISSA, University of Ljubljiana; Charles University of Prague; Università Ca' Foscari, Università di Trieste

* Associate Editor - Journal of Materials for Renewable and Sustainable Energy - Springer Ed.

* Reviewer for international funding agencies: ERCAFOSR, DOE, SNFS, AFS, NSC

* Reviewer for scientific supercomputing centers: PRACE, CINECA, SCSC