I obtained my PhD in Material Science from "Universita' Bicocca" in Milan in 2004. After a 2-years postdoc at the University of Bologna, in 2006 I was awarded a fellowship from the Humboldt Foundation and joined the group of Prof. Mueller-Plathe in Darmstadt (Germany).
In 2008 I was awarded a RCUK fellowship and joined the Department of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science in the University of Manchester where I was promoted Senior Lecturer in 2014 and Professor in 2020.
My area of expertise is simulations of soft matter and my group specializes in developing new multiscale coupling procedures to link different modelling techniques from quantum mechanics to dissipative particle dynamics. Currently active research areas are: electrolyte/graphene interfaces, polymer composites for industrial applications and surfactant solutions.
Over the years I have been member of the CCP5 Executive Committee (2010-2013), the Strategic Advisory Team (SAT) for E-Infrastructure for the EPSRC (2015-2018), chair of the CCP5 Summer School (2017-2019) and member of the IUPAC subcomittee on on Polymer Terminology (2016-2019). I am currently the chair of the CCP5, member of the steering group of the N8 CIR and Faculty Leader for digitalization and E-Infrastructure at UoM.