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PRESENT POSITION: Associate Professor, SSD FIS/03 - Condensed Matter Physics, since 1/11/2001 at University of Trieste, Department of Physics RESEARCH ACTIVITIES AND SCIENTIFIC INTERESTS: Theoretical/computational condensed matter physics, in particular: structural, electronic, magnetic properties of materials with atomic-scale simulations (semiconductors, compounds, amorphous systems, new materials, nanostructures, metallic surfaces and adsorbates). PUBLICATIONS: About 95 papers in peer reviewed international journals and book chapters. PRESENT EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITY: - University of Trieste: courses in Condensed Matter Physics and in Computational Physics PRESENT ACTIVITY AS P.I. IN SCIENTIFIC PROJECTS: - Principal Investigator of a "Project of Major Importance" on Nanotechnology in the Scientific and Technological Collaboration Executive Programme of the Italian Ministry MAECI with Argentina (2014-2016) SOME OTHER PRESENT ACTIVITIES in SCIENTIFIC ORGANIZATION: - Director of the Consortium for Physics - Trieste (since Oct. 2012) - Expert Member of COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) for Materials, Physics and Nanosciences - coordination of projects of scientific dissemination; delegated by the Director of the Department of Physics


18th Total Energy Workshop, ICTP, Trieste (Italy), 12-14 January 2017

Group picture from the 18th Total Energy International Workshop, ICTP, Trieste, January 2017

The “Total Energy” Workshop is held traditionally in Trieste every two years, since 1987. It is devoted to recent advances in computational condensed matter physics and materials science, based on realistic calculations of the electronic structure of complex systems. It has become one of the most popular regular events of the international ab-initio electronic-structure community. The 2017 edition confirmed this tradition, with a large number of participants, lively discussions and, furthermore, with an impressive number of contributed posters. Overview, speakers list, program with the relevant material (Conference Book, abstracts, list of attendees, …) are available on the web page:


The Workshop involved 225 attendees, including Directors, Scientific Committee members, speakers, and selected participants.

Following the tradition of the previous meetings of the series, the Workshop has been structured in thematic sessions with oral presentations by invitation only. The aim was to gather speakers presenting current topics of research of broad interest as well as future research directions for the electronic structure community. The chairpersons introduced each session with a short overview (about 5 min) to set the subject and point out open problems.  The introductions were very useful, especially for those people working on other subjects. In addition, large space was devoted to discussion. This format has been greatly appreciated and contributed to create, most noteworthy, a lively atmosphere.

Selected contributions from participants have been solicited as posters. The large number of selected posters (140) has been a testament of the enthusiastic and active participation of the attendees. Consequently, two large poster sessions have been organized.

In Honor of Walter Kohn

The Workshop included one special Lecture and one entire session in honor of Walter Kohn, Continue reading SCIENTIFIC REPORT ON THE “18TH INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON COMPUTATIONAL PHYSICS AND MATERIALS SCIENCE: TOTAL ENERGY AND FORCE METHODS”