Computational Design of Soft Flowing Materials
We present the main ideas behind the computational modelling of soft-flowing crystals, with special attention to the microfluidic design of novel families of mesoscale porous materials for medical engineering applications. In particular, we shall focus on the effects of near-contact interactions on the overall structure and morphology of the porous materials for the case of specific microfluidic devices, such as flow-focusers and step-emulsifiers. Finally, we shall comment on perspective multiscale simulations using Lattice Boltzmann and Particle Dynamics scheme for the design of future-generation drug-delivery and drug-screening systems.
Dr Sauro Succi holds a degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Bologna and a PhD in Plasma Physics from the EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland. From 1987 to 1995 he held a research staff position at the IBM European Centre for Scientific and Engineering Computing, Rome. From 1995 to 2018 he served as a Director of Research at the Istituto Applicazioni Calcolo of the Italian National Research Council in Rome and since 2018 he took up a position of Principal Investigator at the Centre for Life Nano Sciences at la Sapienza of the Italian Institute of Technology. Since 2000 he is also a Research Affiliate of the Physics Department of Harvard University and a Visiting Professor at the Institute of Applied Computational Science at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences of Harvard Univers ity, where he teaches the course Computational Methods for the Physical Sciences. He has published extensively on a broad range of topics in computational kinetic theory and non-equilibrium statistical physics, including thermonuclear plasmas, fluid turbulence, soft matter, micro and nanofluidics, as well as quantum-relativistic flows. He is the author of the monographs “The lattice Boltzmann equation for fluid dynamics and beyond”, (Oxford Univ. Press, 2011) and “The Lattice Boltzmann equation for complex states of flowing matter” (Oxford Univ. Press, 2018). Dr Succi has been holding several visiting positions, including: Scuola Normale di Pisa, University of Paris, University College London, ETH Zurich, Freiburg Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Chicago, Yale, Harvard, the Erwin Schrödinger Institute in Vienna, the Weston Chair of the Weizmann Institute of Science, the Institute for Advanced Studies of Amsterdam. He serves/d as an Associated Editor of several j ournals: Europhysics Letters, Physica A, Scientific Reports, Journal of Computational Science, Journal of Scientific Computing, Communications in Computational Physics, International Journal of Modern Physics C, J. of Statistical Mechanics, Frontiers in Computational Physics. He also served as Member of the Core Group of PESC (Physics-Engineering Sciences Committee) of the European Science Foundation (2008-2012) and Scientific Review Group (2012-current). Since 2016 he is a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the European Centre of Atomic and Molecular Computing (CECAM). Dr Succi is an elected Fellow of the American Physical Society (1998) and an elected member of the Academia Europaea (2015). He has received the Humboldt Prize in physics (2002), the Killam Award of the University of Calgary (2005), the Raman Chair of the Indian Academy of Sciences (2011), the 2017 APS Aneesur Rahman Prize in Computational Physics. In 2017, he was awarded the ERC grant “Computational De sign of Mesoscale Materials”. He also features in the list of Top Italian Scientists.