Claudio Zannoni Laboratory




Industrial Chemistry Department

Prof. Alberto Arcioni . (Associate Professor in Physical Chemistry) Fluorescence Depolarization, Spin Probe ESR, confocal microscopy.

Dr Roberto Berardi (Bebo)  (Associate Professor in Physical Chemistry) Monte Carlo and Molecular Dynamics simulations of uniaxial, biaxial and of many other molecular Gay-Berne based models, Maximum Entropy studies of flexible molecules. Bebo is also in charge of our Linux clusters.


  Dr. Silvia Orlandi (Researcher in Physical Chemistry) : Computer simulations of various liquid crystal models at molecular resolutions, particularly polar systems, also with a view to study new ordered structures for photonic templates and systems with strong field susceptivity. Silvia after a postdoctoral "Assegno di Ricerca" (2000-2003), and a FIRB-Photonics contract (January 2004-December 2006) has been supported by a EU6 NAIMO grant (January 2007-March 2008) and then by the EU7 BIND project (12 May 2008 - October 2009). Silvia now has a permanent position as Reseacher.


Dr. Cesare Chiccoli   (in Physics, INFN) Monte Carlo computer simulations of lattice models of liquid crystals, phase transitions, liquid crystal displays, confined systems (PDLC, aerogels), topological defects.

Dr. Paolo Pasini   (in Physics, INFN)Monte Carlo computer simulations of lattice models of liquid crystals, phase transitions, liquid crystal displays, confined systems (PDLC, aerogels) and topological defects. Paolo is in charge of many of the activities of the International School of Liquid Crystals in Erice. He has been Chairman of SICL, the Italian Liquid Crystal Society and in this function he has organized the European Liquid Crystal Conference ECLC05 , the SICL-JLCS meetings as well as many other activities.

Postdoctoral fellows


Dr. Matteo Ricci: (Jan 2012- Dec 2016). Modelling and Computer simulations of liquid crystals; Grid computing; computer graphics Matteo is also looking after our GPU cluster (see Facilities). After completing his PhD (in Dec. 2003) Matteo has continued with various postdoctoral fellowships: a "Liquid Crystals" PRIN (Jan 2004-Dec 2004), a FIRB-GRID ( Jan 2005-Dec 2006), MIUR PRIN and MODECOM EU (May 2007-Sep 2009), then MINOTOR (-Dec 2010), ONE-P (-Dec 2011), UNIBO (-DEC 2015), now EXTMOS.


Dr. Otello Roscioni (Jan 2012 - Dec 2016) Modelling Surfaces and their interactions with liquid crystals. Otello has obtained his Laurea in Chemistry in Rome (2005) and his Ph.D. in Chemistry in the group of Prof. John Dyke, University of Southampton (2009) and has been working in our group first supported by the regional PROMINER project (June 2009 - Apr 2010), then by EU FP7 INSTM ONE-P (May 2010-Dec 2011) and MINOTOR and now is Assegnista di Ricerca EXTMOS.

Dr. Lara Querciagrossa (Jan 2015-Jul 2017 ) Lara after her first degree in our group has continued for a Ph.D. with Modelling and Simulation projects and is now doing a postodoc in the group.


Current Visitors

Postgraduate fellows - Ph.D. Students


Renato Ferreira (Jan 2014-Dec 2016) Renato is from Brazil and has obtained his Master of Science from Universidade Estadual de Maringá, working under the supervision of Prof. L. Evangelist

Andrea Lorenzoni (Jan 2015-Dec 2017) Andrea is working toward his Ph.D. on a computational research project on Organic Electronics materials in a collaboration between our group and that of Dr. Francesco Mercuri, Istituto per lo Studio dei Materiali Nanostrutturati (ISMN - CNR), Bologna.


Laurea Magistrale (Master Thesis) students

Alex Micas (Oct 2016-Jun 2017). Alex has recently joined our group from University of Edinburgh to do his Master thesis project on Computer Simulations.


Thesis Projects

At present thesis projects are available on:

Past Thesis students

Laurea Thesis students used to spend twelve to eighteen months on a research project as the final part of the traditional five years "laurea" curriculum.

The curriculum has changed since a few years to the 3 +2 years "EU" scheme which does not allow for a long thesis project of this type in the first degree, but only in the second, Master period.

Past PhD students

updated October 2016 (CZ)

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