Francesco Sciortino is a full professor at Sapienza Università di Roma. Over the years, he has been interested in the thermodynamics of anomalous liquids, in the glass and gel transitions (in both atomic and colloidal systems), and more recently in the self-assembly of patchy particles, combining theoretical modeling and numerical simulations. His most recent work is supported by an ERC-IDEAS grant. He is chairman of the next International Soft Matter Conference (ISMC2013) that will be held in Rome, September 15-19, 2013.
A new model for DNA-covered nanoparticles predicts their stable crystal structures and may one day help in finding the optimal building blocks for self-assembling materials.