Alex Antonelli | Research
Alex Antonelli graduated in physics from University of São Paulo (USP) in 1975. He also earned his MSc and PhD from USP in 1977 and 1981, respectively. He was a postdoc in Prof. John D. Joannopoulos’ group at MIT from 1983 to 1985. From 1981 to 1990, he held an assistant professor position at the Institute of Physics at USP. He was Visiting Scientist at the following institutions: North Carolina State University (1987-1990), Virginia Commonwealth University (1991-1992), and Emory University (1992-1993). In 1993, he joined the Institute of Physics Gleb Wataghin at University of Campinas (UNICAMP), where he has been Full Professor since 2009.M[b]o[i]st of his scientific research has been devoted tothe study of structural, dynamical, and thermodynamic properties of the condensed matter using computer simulations. In particular, his efforts have been focused on the study of the properties of structural defects[/i] in bulk materials, such as: semiconductors, metallic alloys, and water, as well as low dimensional systems, for example: carbon nanotubes and graphene. Another focus of his research has been the development of computational methodo[/b]logies for the calculation of free energies and entropy for the study of the thermodynamics of condensed matter systems. Recently, he has been involved with the investigation of dynamic and thermodynamic aspects of a new kind of phase transformation that occurs in the liquid and amorphous phases of simple substances, such as water, silicon, gallium, etc., the so-called liquid-liquid and amorphous-amorphous phase transformations.