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Marco Bernasconi

Full professor

Via Roberto Cozzi, 55
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Curriculum Vitae

2001 – present  Associate Professor of Condensed Matter Physics at the Department of Materials Science, University of Milano-Bicocca, Milano

- 1998 -2001 Assistant Professor of Condensed Matter Physics at the Department of Materials Science, University of Milano-Bicocca

- 1996 -1998  Assistant Professor of Condensed Matter Physics at the Department of Materials Science, University of Milano

- 1994 -1996  Post doc position at the Max Planck Institut fuer Festkoerperforschung, Stuttgart

- 1993  Phd in Condensed Matter Theory, Sissa, Trieste

- 1991  Master in Condensed Matter Theory, Sissa, Trieste

- 1988  Undergraduate degree in Physics, University of Milano


- Structure of Matter, undergraduate curriculum in Physics

-  Complements of Structure of Matter,  undergraduate curriculum in Materials Science


His research activity is devoted to the theoretical modelling of the properties of condensed matter  systems by means of ab-initio methods, mainly Car-Parrinello molecular dynamics. He gave contributions to the development of the package for Car-Parrinello simulations CPMD, distributed by Ibm Zurich and MPI-FKF Stuttgart.

His present research activity is devoted to ab-initio simulations of i) chalcogenide phase change materials (e.g. GeSbTe) for non-volatile memories and iii) Hydrogen-storage materials (alanates and other complex hydrides).

His past research activity was also devoted to  ab-initio simulations  of solid-solid phase transitions under pressure and to the study  of several other systems of interest for materials science and chemical physics including hydrogen-bonded systems (mainly water and aqueous solutions), low-Z superconductors (fullerenes, boron-based materials), and oxide materials for photonics (silica, TeO2).

He is author of 119 articles on international journals with peer review that received about 3300 citations (H-index=30 from ISI Web of Knowledge, November 2013).

Main Publications

Main recent publications, the complete list can be found at


-  G. C. Sosso, G. Miceli, S. Caravati, F. Giberti, J. Behler, and M. Bernasconi, Fast Crystallization of the Phase Change Compound GeTe  by Large Scale Molecular Dynamics Simulations, J. Phys. Chem. Lett.  DOI: 10.1021/jz402268v (2013).

- R. D. Brown, Z. M. Hund, D. Campi, L. E. O’Leary, N. S. Lewis, M. Bernasconi, G. Benedek, and S. J. Sibener, The Hybridization of Surface Waves with Organic Adlayer Librations: A Helium Atom Scattering and Density Functional Perturbation Theory Study of Methyl-Si(111), Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 156102 (2013).

- G. C. Sosso, G. Miceli, S. Caravati, J. Behler, and M. Bernasconi,  A neural-network interatomic potential for the phase change material GeTe, Phys. Rev. B 85, 174103 (2012).

- G. C. Sosso, D. Donadio,  S. Caravati, J. Behler, and M. Bernasconi,  Thermal Transport in Phase Change Compounds  from Atomistic Simulations, Phys. Rev. B 86, 104301 (2012).

- C.S. Cucinotta, M. Bernasconi, and M. Parrinello, Hydrogen oxidation reaction at the Ni/YSZ anode of solid oxide fuel cells from first principles, Phys. Rev. Lett. 107, 206103 (2011).

- R. Mazzarello, S. Caravati, S. Angioletti-Uberti, M. Bernasconi, and M. Parrinello, Signature of tetrahedral Ge in the Raman spectrum of phase change materials, Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 085503 (2010).

- G. Miceli, C. Cucinotta, M. Bernasconi and M. Parrinello, First principle study of the LiNH2/Li2NH transformation, J. Phys. Chem C 114, 15174 (2010).

- S. Caravati,  M. Bernasconi, T. D. Kühne, M. Krack, and M. Parrinello,  Unravelling the mechanism of pressure induced amorphization of phase change materialsPhys Rev. Lett. 102, 205502 (2009).

- V. Chis, B. Hellsing, G. Benedek, M. Bernasconi, E.V.  Chulkov, J.P.  Toennies, Large surface charge-density oscillations induced by second-layer surface phonon resonances, Phys Rev. Lett. 101, 206102 (2008).

- S.  Caravati, M. Bernasconi, T.D.  Kuehne, M. Krack, and M. Parrinello, Coexistence of tetrahedral and octahedral-like sites in amorphous phase change materials, Appl. Phys. Lett. 91 , 171906 (2007).


He has given 41 invited talks at international conferences and schools.

Projects & Contracts

Recent projects:

  • Project FP7-NMP “Synthesis and functionality of chalcogenide nanostructures for phase change memories  (Synapse)” (2012-2015)
  • Project Cariplo  “MOCVD growth and study of chalcogenide nanowires for phase change devices" (2010-2012)
  • Project  PRIN "Scaling limits and material engineering for phase change memories in deca-nanometer generations" (2010-2012)
Upcoming Events
27/09/2017: Band Structure Engineering in Core/Shell and Core/Crown CdSe-Based Nanoplatelets Sep 27, 2017 02:30 - 04:00 — U9 Building, Room 09, Viale dell'Innovazione 10, 20126 Milano
20-21/11/2017: Italian Crystal Growth 2017 (ICG2017) Nov 20, 2017 - Nov 21, 2017 — U4 Building, Room 08, Piazza della Scienza, 4 20126 – Milano, Italy
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