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Marco Bernasconi

Full professor

Via Roberto Cozzi, 55
tel.: 02.6448.5231

e-mail: marco.bernasconi@unimib.it
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Curriculum Vitae

- 2016 – present Full Professor of Condensed Matter Physics at the Department of Materials Science, University of Milano-Bicocca, Milano

- 2001 – 2016  Associate Professor of Condensed Matter Physics at the Department of Materials Science, University of Milano-Bicocca

- 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

Teaching

- Structure of Matter, undergraduate curriculum in Physics

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

Research

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 ii) topological insulators.

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), oxide materials for photonics (silica, TeO2), hydrogen-storage materials and materials for fuel cells.

He is author of 150 articles on international journals with peer review that received about 4700 citations (H-index=37 from ISI Web of Knowledge, November 2017).

Main Publications

Main recent publications, the complete list can be found at

www.mater.unimib.it/utenti/bernasconi.

- S. Gabardi, S. Caravati, G. C. Sosso, J. Behler, and M. Bernasconi, Microscopic origin of resistance drift in the amorphous state of the phase change compound GeTe, Phys. Rev. B 92, 054201 (2015).

-  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. 4, 4241 (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).

- 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).

Seminars

He has given 56 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)

Collaborators

SERVICES

Coordinator of the Phd program in Materials Science and Nanotechnology

Upcoming Events
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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