Academic Profile

Dr. Pica Ciamarra received his Laurea degree and his Ph.D. in Physics and Applied Physics from the University of Naples, Italy, in 2000 and 2003, respectively. He was a Fulbright fellow in 2002-2004 at the Center For Nonlinear Dynamics at the University of Texas at Austin, and a post-doctoral researcher first at the University of Naples and then at the Italian National Consortium for the Physics of Matter in 2005-2009. He his a senior researcher at the Italian National Research Council since 2010.
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Assoc Prof Massimo Pica Ciamarra
Associate Professor, School of Physical & Mathematical Sciences - Division of Physics & Applied Physics
Assistant Chair (Internship), School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences (SPMS)

We are interested in understanding the physics of disordered many-particle systems via statistical mechanics tools and numerical simulations, which is arguably one of the most pressing needs in material science. Such an understanding is crucial to 1) design atomic or polymeric disordered materials with specific mechanical and rheological properties; 2) rationalize natural catastrophic events, such as earthquakes and avalanches; 3) improve the many industrial products and processes handling particulate media, from the food to the pharmaceutical and the electronic industry. The main difficulty is the developing of a theoretical framework connecting the macroscopic and the microscopic scales in the presence of disorder. Some topics of specific interest are:

1. glass transition

2. suspensions of soft deformable particles, e.g. microgels

3. liquid with density anomalies

4. rheological properties of disordered particulate systems, with applications to earthquakes

5. pattern formation in driven particulate systems, e.g. segregation

6. transport properties in disordered media
  • A Unifying Approach to the Description of the Structural and of the Mechanical Properties Of Epithelial Cell Tissue
  • X. Xia, H. Hao, M. P. Ciamarra, R. Ni. (2020). Linker-mediated self-assembly of mobile DNA coated colloids. Science Advances, 6, eaaz6921.

  • Q. Lei, M. Pica Ciamarra, R. Ni. (2019). Non-Equilibrium Strongly Hyperuniform Fluids of Circle Active Particles with Large Local Density Fluctuations. Science Advances, 5, eaau7423.

  • R. Arévalo and M. Pica Ciamarra. (2014). Size and density avalanche scaling near jamming. Soft Matter, 10.