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Giacomello

  ALBERTO GIACOMELLO

Research interests

My research area is in fluid and interfacial problems at the micro- and nano-scale. Research topics include: wetting, rare events, nucleation, superhydrophobicity, contact angle hysteresis, nanofluidics, microfluidics, energy harvesting  

@:  alberto.giacomello@uniroma1.it


Work experience 

Associate Professor, March 2019 -- present
Researcher (Ricercatore a tempo determinato di tipo A) funded by ERC Advanced Grant n.339446, Sapienza Università di Roma, July 2014--February 2019
Postdoc, Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, Germany, February 2013--May 2014
PhD. Student in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Sapienza Università di Roma, November 2010--January 2014
Research engineer under NSF Grants CMMI-0745753 and CMMI-0926791, Polytechnic Institute of New York University, Summer 2010

Research Grants

ERC Starting Grant 2018 "HyGate - Hydrophobic Gating in nanochannels: understanding single channel mechanisms for designing better nanoscale sensors" (Principal Investigator)
FFABR2017, Fundamental Research Funding, Italian Ministry of Public Education, 2017 (Principal Investigator)
PRACE Access 2016, computational research grant, 40M CPU hours (Principal Investigator)
PRACE Access 2015, computational research grant, 50M CPU hours (Principal Investigator)
“Avvio alla ricerca”, starting research grant, Sapienza, 2012 (Principal Investigator)

Awards and honours

2017 AIMETA Junior Prize in Fluid Mechanics, Salerno, 2017
Best scientific presentation, PRACEdays17, Barcelona, 2017
Finalist at the 9th ERCOFTAC da Vinci Competition (selected among the 5 best European Ph.D. theses in flow, turbulence, and combustion)
Best Mechanical Engineering M.S. Thesis, Polytechnic Institute of New York University, 2011
Graduate Center Merit-Based Scholarship, Polytechnic Institute of New York University, 2010
Fellowship for ``Double degree program'' by the Honors Center of Italian Universities (H2CU), 2009--2010

 

Publications

  • M Amabili, Y Grosu, A Giacomello, S Meloni, A Zaki, F Bonilla, A Faik, C.M. Casciola. "Pore Morphology Determines Spontaneous Liquid Extrusion from Nanopores". ACS Nano (2019) 13 (2), 1728-1738
  • Y Grosu, A Giacomello, S Meloni, L González-Fernández, M Chorazewski, M. Geppert-Rybczynska, A. Faik, J.M. Nedelec, J.P. Grolier. "Viscosity at the Nanoscale: Confined Liquid Dynamics and Thermal Effects in Self-Recovering Nanobumpers". The Journal of Physical Chemistry C (2018) 122 (26), 14248-14256
  • A Tinti, A Giacomello, CM Casciola. "Vapor nucleation paths in lyophobic nanopores". The European Physical Journal E (2018), 41 (4), 52
  • S Marchio, S Meloni, A Giacomello, C Valeriani, CM Casciola. "Pressure control in interfacial systems: Atomistic simulations of vapor nucleation". The Journal of chemical physics (2018) 148 (6), 064706
  • M. Amabili, S. Meloni, A. Giacomello, C.M. Casciola. "Activated Wetting of Nanostructured Surfaces: Reaction Coordinates, Finite Size Effects, and Simulation Pitfalls". The Journal of Physical Chemistry B  (2018) 122 (1), 200-212
  • E. Lisi, M. Amabili, S. Meloni, A. Giacomello, C.M. Casciola. "Self-Recovery Superhydrophobic Surfaces: Modular Design". ACS Nano (2018) 12 (1), 359-367
  • A. Tinti, A. Giacomello, Y. Grosu, C.M. Casciola. "Intrusion and extrusion of water in hydrophobic nanopores". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 114(48), E10266–E10273 (2017)
  • M. Amabili, A. Giacomello, S. Meloni, C.M. Casciola. "Collapse of superhydrophobicity on nanopillared surfaces". Physical Review Fluids, 2(3), 034202 (2017)
  • M. Amabili, A. Giacomello, S. Meloni, C.M. Casciola. "Intrusion and extrusion of a liquid on nanostructured surfaces", Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, 29(1), 014003 (2017)
  • S. Meloni, A. Giacomello, C.M. Casciola "Focus Article: Theoretical aspects of vapor/gas nucleation at structured surfaces", Journal of Chemical Physics, 145, 211802 (2016)
  • A. Giacomello, L. Schimmele, S. Dietrich. "Perpetual superhydrophobicity" Soft Matter, 12, 8927 -- 8934 (2016)
  • M. Amabili, E. Lisi, A. Giacomello, C.M. Casciola. "Wetting and cavitation pathways on nanodecorated surfaces", Soft Matter, 12, 3046--3055 (2016)
  • A. Giacomello, L. Schimmele, S. Dietrich. "Wetting hysteresis induced by nanodefects". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 113(3), E262--E271 (2016).
  • M. Amabili, A. Giacomello, S. Meloni, C.M. Casciola. "Unraveling the Salvinia Paradox: Design Principles for Submerged Superhydrophobicity". Advanced Materials Interfaces, 2 (14), 1500248 (2015) [with back cover]
  • A. Giacomello, S. Meloni, M. Muller, C.M. Casciola, “Mechanism of the Cassie-Wenzel transition via the atomistic and continuum string methods”, The Journal of Chemical Physics 142, 104701 (2015) 
  • A. Checco, B. M. Ocko, A. Rahman, C. T. Black, M. Tasinkevych, A. Giacomello, S. Dietrich. Collapse and Reversibility of the Superhydrophobic State on Nanotextured Surfaces. Physical Review Letters, 112(21), 216101 (2014). [Highlight in: I.S. Osborne (2014). Getting in shape to stay dry longer. Science, 344(6191), 1477] 
  • D. Gentili, G. Bolognesi, A. Giacomello, M. Chinappi, C.M. Casciola (2014). Pressure effects on water slippage over silane-coated rough surfaces: pillars and holes Microfluidics and Nanofluidics, 16(6), 1009--1018 (2014) 
  • A. Giacomello, M. Chinappi, S. Meloni, C.M. Casciola. Geometry as a catalyst: howvapor cavities nucleate from defects. Langmuir, 29, 14873- 14884, (2013) 
  • D. Gentili; M. Chinappi; G. Bolognesi; A. Giacomello; C.M. Casciola (2013). Water slippageon hydrophobic nanostructured surfaces: molecular dynamics results for different filling levels Meccanica, 48, 1853-1861 (2013) 
  • A. Giacomello, M. Chinappi, S. Meloni, C.M. Casciola (2012). Metastable Wetting onSuperhydrophobic Surfaces: Continuum and Atomistic Views of the Cassie-Baxter-Wenzel Transition, Physical Review Letters, 109, 226102 (2012) 
  • A. Giacomello, S. Meloni, M. Chinappi, C.M. Casciola (2012). Cassie-Baxter and WenzelStates on a Nanostructured Surface: Phase Diagram, Metastabilities, and TransitionMechanism by Atomistic Free Energy Calculations Langmuir, 10764- 10772, 28, (2012) 
  • P. Nenzi, A. Giacomello, G. Bolognesi, M. Chinappi, M. Balucani, C.M. Casciola (2011). Superhydrophobic Porous Silicon Surfaces Sensors and Transducers, 62- 72, 13, (2011) 
  • A. Giacomello, M. Porfiri, (2011). Underwater energy harvesting from a heavy flag hosting ionic polymer metal composites. Journal of Applied Physics, 109(8), 084903, (2011)