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Doctor : Stefano Angioletti-Uberti

 

I obtained my Master in Materials Science at the University of Milan-Bicocca (Italy) in 2007, then moved to Imperial College London (UK) where I studied atomistic simulations under the supervision of Prof. Mike Finnis. After I received my PhD in Materials Science in 2010, for which I won the Thomas Young Centre award for the best thesis in the Theory and Simulation of Materials, I did my first postdoc in the group of Prof. Daan Frenkel at the University of Cambridge (UK), where I concentrated on studying DNA-coated nanoparticles using Monte Carlo Simulations. In 2013 I won a prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship and moved to the Humboldt University Berlin (Germany), where I kept studying nanoparticles for self-assembly and biomedical applications in collaboration with Prof. Dzubiella (Humboldt University Berlin) and Prof. Ballauff (Helmholtz Centre Berlin). Since September 2015 I am Professor of Soft Matter at the International Research Centre for Soft Matter at BUCT.

My work concentrates on studying via analytical theory and computer simulations functionalized nanoparticles and polymers for self-assembly and biomedical applications. We exploit various theoretical techniques rooted in  Statistical Mechanics, as well as Monte Carlo and Molecular Dynamics Simulations. The aim is not only to be able to describe what is observed in experiments, but also to design and predict the properties of possible new materials before these are even synthesised, as well as guiding the optimisation of existing ones.

The ideal student would have a strong background in Mathematics, with good programming skills (in Python, C++ or Fortran) and the ability to communicate proficiently in English. Although it is preferable that the student has had at least an introduction to Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics, the most important thing is the will to learn new things and work hard.

| | Source: International Exchanges and Cooperation Department | Date: 2015-12-01