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  Positions and scientific visits

May 2017 - present Non-tenure researcher, Sapienza Università di Roma, with Dr. E. Zaccarelli

Apr 2016 - Apr 2017 Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow, University of Oxford, with Prof. A. Louis.

Mar 2016 Post-doctoral fellow, University of Vienna, with Prof. C. Likos.

Mar 2014 - Feb 2016 FWF (Fonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung) Lise Meitner Fellowship, University of Vienna, with Prof. C. Likos.

Dec 2012 - Feb 2014 Post-doctoral fellow, Sapienza Università di Roma, with Prof. F. Sciortino.

Apr - May 2012 HPC-Europa visitor, University of Edinburgh, with Dr. P. J. Camp.

Jun 2011 Visiting scientist, Oxford University, with Dr. J. P. K. Doye.

Mar - May 2009 Visiting scientist, University of Montpellier 2, with Prof. W. Kob.

  Education

Nov 2009 - Dic 2012 Dottorato di Ricerca (Ph.D.) in Material Science, Sapienza Università di Roma. Under the supervision of Prof. F. Sciortino.

Oct 2007 - Oct 2009 Laurea Specialistica (Master Degree) in Physics, Sapienza Università di Roma. Grade: 110/110 cum laude.

Oct 2004 - Oct 2007 Laurea Triennale (Bachelor Degree) in Physics, Sapienza Università di Roma. Grade: 110/110 cum laude.

  Research Interests

 

  • DNA-based materials.
  • Dynamics of low-density patchy equilibrium gels.
  • Effect of self-assembly processes in the phase behaviour of colloidal systems.
  • Vapour-liquid phase separation in binary mixtures of patchy particles.
  • Self-assembly and phase separation in dipolar fluids.

  Talks

2017 Beyond patchy colloids: patchy models at the atomic and molecular scale, “Self-assembly: theory and simulations” workshop at SISSA (invited talk), (Trieste - Italy)

Hierarchical self-assembly of DNA nanostars: from theory to experiment, “Fluids and Materials seminars” at the Department of Applied Mathematics, invited talk (Bristol - United Kingdom)

Hierarchical self-assembly made easy: DNA nanostars as a new class of model systems for complex fluids, “Soft Matter, Biomaterials and Interfaces” seminar series, invited talk (Oxford - United Kingdom)

Hierarchical self-assembly made easy: DNA nanostars as a new class of model systems for complex fluids, invited talk at the MPIPKS (Dresden - Germany)

2016 Bottom-Up Colloidal Crystal Assembly with a Twist, ECIS 2016 (Rome - Italy)

Soft self-assembled nanoparticles with temperature-dependent properties, Italian Soft Days 2016 (Milan - Italy)

2015 Soft self-assembled nanoparticles with temperature-dependent properties, FisMat 2015 (Palermo - Italy)

Soft self-assembled nanoparticles with temperature-dependent properties, 101° Congresso SIF (Rome - Italy)

Tetravalent DNA Constructs as Valence-limited Building Blocks, invited talk (Genova - Italy)

2014 Tetravalent DNA Constructs as Valence-limited Soft Building Blocks, Mini Workshop in Molecular and Statistical Biophysics, invited talk (Trieste - Italy)

Dipolar hard spheres at low temperature and density: structure, thermodynamics and magnetic properties, invited talk (Montpellier - France)

Gels of DNA nanostars never crystallise, at the Italian Soft Days meeting (Rome - Italy)

Investigating the Phase Behaviour of Valence-limited DNA Constructs on GPUs, at the Perspective of GPU Computing in Physics and Astrophysics conference (Rome - Italy)

Closing the loop: a single-component system with two critical points, at the Central European Statistical Mechanics Mini-Meeting (Budapest - Hungary)

2013 Tetravalent DNA Constructs as Valence-limited, Patchy-like Building Blocks, at the “DNA-based self-assembly: theory, simulations and experiments” CECAM workshop, invited talk (Vienna - Austria)

Branching in the low-temperature dipolar hard sphere fluid, at the International Soft Matter Conference (Roma - Italy)

2012 A coarse-grained DNA model: sequence dependence and some applications, at the "DNA in a material world" workshop, invited talk (Roma - Italy)

2011 The phase diagram of dipolar hard spheres: a new look, at the SoftComp Annual Meeting (Heraklion - Crete)

  Posters

2015 Soft self-assembled nanoparticles with temperature-dependent properties, MECO 41 (Vienna - Austria)

2014 Gels of DNA Nanostars Never Crystallize, at the 9th Liquid Matter Conference (Lisbon - Portugal)

2012 Structure and thermodynamics of the dipolar hard-sphere fluid at low temperatures and densities, at the CLASS Workshop (Lisbon - Portugal)

2011 No evidence of gas-liquid coexistence in dipolar hard spheres, at SimBioMa2011 (Konstanz - Germany)

  No evidence of gas-liquid coexistence in dipolar hard spheres, at the 8th Liquid Matter Conference (Vienna - Austria)

  Activities

  Reviewer for Physical Review Letters, Physical Review E and Soft Matter

  Developer of oxDNA, an open source, general purpose simulation package, and of cogli1, a tool for the visualisation and export in povray of configurations of coarse-grained systems.