Silvia Bonfanti


Postdoctoral fellow

Department of Physics and
Center for Complexity & Biosystems.
Università degli Studi di Milano,
Via Celoria 16
20133 Milano, Italy


  • 2016, January 25: Ph.D. in Physics at University of Insubria and University of Montpellier (co-tutoring doctorate). Thesis: Low Temperature Theoretical and Numerical Study of Structural Glasses.
  • 2012, October 11: graduation in Physics, University of Insubria (Como, Italy).Vote: 110/110 cum laude.

Research experience

Winner of the 2014 Vinci grant (Program Vinci) from the Université Franco Italienne (UFI) for the Ph.D. joint project.

PSI Internship, Paul Scherrer Institute, Villigen (Switzerland), May – August 2011. Calculation of radiation damage, helium production and energy deposition of the MEGAPIE target.

Summer Research Student, DESY Hamburg (Germany), July – September 2009. Integration of the silicon telescope in EUDAQ Software.


  • Computational biology – Protein Folding, Lipid Membranes
  • Physics of friction at nanoscale
  • Energy landscape of complex systems
  • Glasses and glass transition – Quantum tunneling systems

Journal articles:

  1. Jug, S. Bonfanti and W. Kob: Realistic Tunneling States for the Magnetic Effects in Non-Metallic Real Glasses, Philosophical Magazine 96, 648-703 (2016).
  2. Bonfanti and G. Jug: On the Paramagnetic Impurity Concentration of Silicate Glasses from Low-Temperature Physics, Journal of Low Temperature Physics 180, 214-237 (2015).
  3. Jug, M. Paliienko and S. Bonfanti: The Glassy State – Magnetically Viewed from the Frozen End, Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids 401, 66-72 (2014).
  4. Berra et al.: SiPM based readout system for PbWO4 crystals, Nucl. Instrum. Methods Phys. Res., Sect. A 718, 63–65 (2013).