Giancarlo Franzese leads a research group on Statistical Physics of Complex Mat- ter at the University of Barcelona (UB), where he is Tenured Professor. He got his PhD in Physics with honors at the University of Naples (1998) and was Associate Researcher at the University of Roma Tre, the Boston University, the Second Uni- versity of Naples, and the Center for Statistical Mechanics and Complexity of “La Sapienza” University of Rome, before moving to Barcelona in 2003. Since 2002 he is Visiting Professor at the Boston University Center for Polymer Studies. He has been Visiting Scientist at UFRGS Porto Alegre, Centre for BioNano Interactions–Dublin, University of Cambridge, International Center for Quantum Materials–Beijing. Since 2008 he is Profesor Titular at UB. He won the CNR Prize as Young CNR Research Fellow Abroad (2000), the UB Incentive Program for the Enhancement of Research Activity prize (2012) and The Royal Society of Chemistry-UK selection as Emerging investigator in soft matter (2012). He ranks within the Top 1% of UB faculty members for research, the Top 10 Scientists in Spain in “Physics, Fluid & Plasmas”, the Top Scientists in Spain in “Mathematical Physics”1 and in “Multidisciplinary Physics” the Top Italian Scientists in the World in any scientific field , since 2013 is accredited as Full Professor in Spain and since 2014 is member of the International Advisory Board of the European Molecular Liquids Group.
At UB he is coordinator of the Condensed Matter line of the PhD in Physics, Professor of the Master of Advanced Physics and in the Master of Computational Science, Professor of Physics and Professor of Biomedical Engineering. He supervised 7 Master theses and 13 PhD theses at UB, at Boston University and UFRGS. He is PI in European, Spanish and Catalan projects, with cumulative funds for more than 2 millions e. He organized 15 international conferences and chaired 8 in the last 9 years, on subject including Physical Biology and Molecular Biophysics. He is editor of two and referee for 34 international journals —including PNAS, PlosOne, PRL, JCP—and for 12 international grant agencies (NSF-US, EPSRC-UK, SNSF-CH, NRF-SG ...).
His research focuses on complex liquids and the role of water in nanoscopic and biological systems. He uses theoretical calculations and numerical simulations, often collaborating with experimental groups.
He made more than 80 peer-reviewed publications, including book chapters, with more than 60 papers in international scientific journals, and gave more than 90 Invited Talks. He edited “Aspects of Physical Biology: Biological Water, Protein Solutions, Transport and Replication” (Springer 2008) and published in high-impact journals such as Nature, PNAS, PRL and Sci Rep with three of his papers listed among the Highly Cited Papers in Physics, and two in the Core Papers in Liquid-Liquid Phase Transition ... Supercooled Water of the last years . He was cited more than 2800 times with H-index 31 on Google Scholar with citations on Science, Nature, PNAS, PlosOne, PRL, Sci Rep, receiving inter- views on radio and international press and doing scientific dissemination (including an invited articles for the Spanish edition of Scientific American–Nature Publishing Group) in different languages.
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