After getting my PhD in Electrical Engineering from University of Rome Tor Vergata, I joined MIT as postdoctoral scholar in Prof. Jeffrey Grossman’s group. Since Nov. 2014, I am with the S3TEC center as a Research Scientist and hold a secondary appointment at Boston College, working with Prof. David Broido. I am the recipient of the 2014/2015 Translational Fellowship within the MIT Innovation Initiative.
My broad research interest is multiscale energy transport in materials for energy harvesting. I am currently focusing on the development of models for thermal transport in nanostructured materials for thermoelectrics. The ultimate goal of the multiscale approach is to bridge the discrete description of matter (i.e. atoms) with continuum models, in order to develop computationally affordable yet accurate physical simulations. My research is strongly supported by coding in-house computer programs.
My current research focuses on the development of physical models for nanoscale heat transport in nanostructured materials. Specifically, we study heat suppression in nanoporous materials by analyzing the phonon mean free path distribution. Phonon transport is computed by means of the deterministic solution of the Boltzmann Transport Equation.