Quantum Chemistry Lab

Mission and Research Topics

The Quantum Chemistry Research group at the Department of Material Science of the University of Milano Bicocca has a consolidated experience in the study of the electronic structure and properties of oxide materials and nanostructures, and in particular oxide surfaces, defects and dopants in oxides, supported metal clusters and their reactivity, two-dimensional materials like ultrathin oxide thin films or oxide heterojunctions.

To study these materials the group makes use of modern quantum chemistry approaches (cluster models) and periodic density functional theory methods (periodic supercell approach). Particular attention is given to the interaction with experimental groups and to the interpretation of spectroscopies (IR, IV-Vis, EPR, X-Ray absorption and photoemission, etc.) and microscopies (STM).

Pro-Rector for Research of the University of Milan Bicocca. For the period 2011-2013 he was chairman of the Division of Theoretical and Computational Chemistry of the Italian Chemical Society (SCI). He is a member of the National Academy of Lincei (Rome), the Academia Europaea (London), the European Academy of Science (Liege), and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

He graduated in chemistry in 2003 and received his PhD in 2007 at the University of Torino. He worked as a post-doc at the Humboldt University in Berlin (2008-2011) and at the University of Barcelona (2011-2013). He has been working since then at the Department of Materials Science at the University of Milano Bicocca, where he was appointed research associate in 2016.