Claudio Zannoni Laboratory





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

Prof. Roberto Berardi  (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. Roberto 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. Luca Muccioli: Modelling and Computer simulations of   liquid crystals and functional organic materials, mainly at atomistic and molecular resolution level, organic semiconductors and proteins. Luca has been working on the modelling of various organized nanosystems, particularly discotics, within the EU6 project NAIMO (August 2005-March 2008), then on various atomistic modelling and simulations projects with the support of MODECOM (May 2008-Sep 2009), MINOTOR (Dec 2009-May 2012) and PRIN. Luca has then moved (Sep. 2014-Sep 2016) to Univ. of Bordeaux (FR) with a Junior chair of excellence (assistant professor) in "Theoretical modeling at the frontier between soft matter and organic electronics" . He is now back in Bologna with a tenure track Reseacher position (RTDB) (Sep 2016-)



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



Laurea Magistrale (Master Thesis) students

Lorenzo Soprani (Dec 2017-). Lorenzo has started his Master thesis project on Computer Simulations.

Matteo Babbi (Dec 2017-). Matteo has started 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 May 2018 (CZ)

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