Projects and Grants

FIRSTORM ERC Advanced Grant
Modelling FIRST ORder Mott transition.
This theoretical project aims to explore the mechanisms underlying the first order nature of the Mott transition in real materials and itsĀ  conceptual and practical consequences.

MAX Centre of Excellence
MAX (MAterials design at the eXascale) is a European Centre of Excellence which enables materials modelling, simulations, discovery and design at the frontiers of the current and future High Performance Computing (HPC), High Throughput Computing (HTC) and data analytics technologies. The mission of MaX is to develop the technologies and make them available for large and growing base of researchers in the materials domain. MaX aims to lead the quantum materials discovery and design in frontier science and industrial technologies.

Controlling Multi-band quantum materials by orbital manipulation PRIN 2015
The project gathers theorist and experimentalists in different fields of condensed matter physics with ambitious goal to control the conduction and functional properties of solids and artificial systems by manipulating the internal degree of freedom associated with the atomic orbitals, leading to novel concepts guiding the design of new-generation quantum devices.


Friction plays a central role in diverse systems and phenomena that span vast ranges of scales, from the nanometer contacts inherent in micro- and nanomachines and biological molecular motors, to the geophysical scales characteristic for earthquakes. This project aims at clarifying many key aspects of the friction dynamics, which are still poorly understood despite the fundamental importance and and the growing efforts

SUPERconductivity as a cure for BAD metallic behaviour
The aim of the project is revive the dream of a unique theoretical framework for cuprates, iron-based superconductors and fullerides. Superconductivity in all these materials is shown to appear to "heal" a bad metallic state determined by strong correlation effects.

LEMSUPER EU(FP7)-Japan Cooperative project
Light Element Molecular SUPERconductivity
The project develops methodologies for the design of superconductors based on light elements (Boron, Carbon, Oxygen) combining synthesis, experimental characterization and theoretical modeling of a wide range of materials.

Multichrome Corporate Grant
Multi-scale computer Modeling of the color optical properties of complex molecules in complex enviroments. Funded by MARS Chocolate Science & Technology.