Bernal Institute Research Forum

Date: 26th April 2018 to 26th April 2018
Time: 10:00 to 11:00
Duration: One hour
Location: MSG-025 MSSI Building Extension

Dr Annalisa Cardellini, Politecnico di Torino, Italy.

Multi-scale Modelling Approaches to Investigate Macroscopic Properties of Nanostructured Materials: From Thermal Nano-Colloidal Suspensions to Flat Surfaces.

A better understanding of nanoscale interfacial phenomena, and a predictive macroscopic characterization of nanostructured materials play a vital role in the product design and development in many industrial applications. This talk will focus on the description of multi-scale modelling approaches for a macroscopic characterization of nanostructured materials. First, a coarse grained molecular model is developed to understand how the nanoscale interfacial phenomena affect the mechanisms of suspended nanoparticle interaction, clustering, and stabilization. Second, synergic strategies between modelling and experiments are proposed to define the adhesion properties, and the surface free energy of tailored nanostructured surfaces.

Annalisa Cardellini is a post-doc researcher at the Energy Department of Politecnico di Torino in Italy. She received her B.S. and M.S. in Energetic and Nuclear Engineering in 2013, carrying out her masters thesis in collaboration with EPFL (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne). Annalisa completed her PhD in Energy Engineering at Politecnico di Torino in 2017 with a thesis on the multi-scale modelling of colloidal nanoparticle suspensions for energy applications. During her PhD, she was a one-year visiting researcher at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) where she investigated, by molecular dynamics simulations, the nanoscale interactions of surfactant-coated nanoparticles in aqueous solutions. Annalisa currently works in the OYSTER European project, dealing with the modelling development for the surface free energy characterization.

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