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Physics of Liquids


Italian Soft Days 2014

International Soft Matter Conference 2013
Rome, September 15-19 2013

Workshop on Dynamics of Viscous Liquids
Rome, March 30th - April 2nd 2011
organized with
Th. Voigtmann
and G. Parisi



Corso di Dottorato: Teoria e Fenomenologia dei Vetri Strutturali

Emanuela Zaccarelli



Italian Soft Days 2018
3rd Edition, Padova 13- 14 September 2018

MIMIC ERC 2015 Consolidator Grant to study microgels and their effective interactions.
More info can be found here

Italian Soft Days 2016
2nd Edition, Milan 23-24 June 2016

Soft Matter Self-Assembly Summer School
Varenna, Italy June 28-July 7, 2015

CECAM workshop: The Physics of Protein Self-Assembly
Lausanne, Switzerland June 22-24, 2015

Nicoletta Gnan wins CNR Ricercatamente Prize for Young Researchers
Congratulations Nicoletta!

1st Edition of Italian Soft Days Rome, 17-18 September 2014

2014: New research in Nature Communications
Casimir-like forces at the percolation transition
with Nicoletta Gnan and Francesco Sciortino
Glass-glass transition during aging of a colloidal clay with Roberta Angelini, Barbara Ruzicka and coworkers

2013-2016: Futuro in Ricerca (MIUR) funds our research project
ANISOFT: Anisotropies and non equilibrium in soft matter: routes to the self assembly of advanced materials
with R. Cerbino (Universita' di Milano) e S. Buzzaccaro e D. Moscatelli (Politecnico di Milano)

2012: Read about COMPLOIDS Summer School
Varenna, Italy July 3th-13th, 2012

2011: Soft Matter Review Article on Laponite Phase Diagram

Read our contribution on lysozyme clusters in the J. Phys. Chem. B Special Issue on Clusters in Complex Fluids

Read the Juelich Research Center press release about our recent work on Star Polymer and Linear Chains Mixtures in Phys. Rev. Lett.

Research Topics


Thermodynamics and dynamics of colloidal systems, star polymers, micelles, globular proteins, glass-forming liquids;

Dynamical arrest in colloidal systems; difference between gels and glasses, and identification of several gelation or glassification mechanisms;

Models for ideal gels; patchy or directional interactions; charged systems or systems with competing interactions;

Effective interactions: new kinds of depletion mechanisms and Casimir-like forces.

Numerical simulations: Monte Carlo, Molecular and brownian dynamics, other techniques;

Integral equations and phase diagrams

Mode coupling theory and the glass transition