My scientific activity of is focused on the development of new theoretical tools to describe the ground and excited state properties of complex materials. I have been equally interested in the formal and mathematical understanding of the theoretical approaches, as well as in their practical applications by devising efficient methods and algorithms.
I started my PhD work in 1999 with the aim of describing quasi-particle properties in noble metals using an Ab-Initio approach. However, I readily realized that there were no adequate numerical tools available. Therefore I wrote a new numerical code in order to easily implement new theories and approximations in an Ab-Initio environment. We are in 2000 and this is the beginning of the Yambo Project. The first work published using Yambo was, indeed, the quasi-particle properties of a noble d-metal.
Now the Yambo code is part of a large project whose dimension is growing every year, involving more and more colleagues in the development and management of the code.
During my career I constantly explored new areas of research that are well represented by few key works. I used Many-Body Perturbation Theory(MBPT) to describe quasi-particles and excitons. I studied finite-temperature optical and electronic properties. In the aforementioned works, paradigmatic bulk materials, like Silicon or Copper have been considered. I has also applied MBPT to study optical properties of nano-structures like h-BN nanotubes or the Aharonov-Bohm gap oscillations in carbon nanotubes induced by strong magnetic fields. Also key phenomena induced by the confined nature of carbon nanotubes and molecular systems (the trans-azobenzene molecule) have been analyzed.
I have been equally interested in crucial theoretical developments, like the derivation of accurate ground state energy functionals or the devising of TDDFT kernel. In recent years I started working in the field of out-of-the-equilibrium phenomena.
In the field of non-equilibrium Physics I have won a one year fellowship with the Ikerbasque Science Foundation (Bilbao, Spain) to study the electronic dynamics induced by ultra-intense laser fields. This is the ELISE project. In addition I won a national funding programme (FIRB).
I am now leading a group of four different nodes and eight researches devoted to the combined experimental and theoretical investigation of ultra-fast and ultra-intense processes at the nano-scale. The total amount of fundings for this three years project is of almost 1 million euros.