The Statistical materials modelling group lead by Prof. Stefano Zapperi at the Department of Physics of the University of Milan focuses on the study of materials through computational, statistical and data science approaches. Research on complex systems in done within the Center for Complexity and Biosystems where the team collaborates with Oncolab lead by Prof. Caterina La Porta. Technology transfer in the broad area of big data analytics is done by the spinoff Complexdata. Research on automatic design of mechanical metamaterials is supported by the ERC.
Untangling how carnivorous plants catch their preys, helps design new materials
Carnivorous plants can be a source of inspiration for new materials with specific mechanical properties, according to researchers from the Centre for Complexity and Biosystems (CC&B) of the University of Milan…
Stefano Zapperi is visiting professor at FAU and LMU
Prof. Zapperi is spending the current academic year in Germany as a visiting professor at FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg and LMU München supported by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation thanks to the Humboldt Research Award. He is hosted in Fürth by Prof. Zaiser at the FAU Department of Materials…
Stefano Zapperi wins the Humboldt Research Award
Stefano Zapperi, professor of theoretical physics at the University of Milan wins the Humboldt Research Award, a prestigious prize granted by the german foundation named after the naturalist and explorer Alexander von Humboldt to non-german scientists whose discoveries and innovations had – and will have – significant impact…
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