Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Assoc Prof Massimo Pica Ciamarra

Nanyang Associate Professor (NTU)

Division of Physics & Applied Physics
School of Physical & Mathematical Sciences
College of Science

Phone: (+65)65922542
Office: SPMS-PAP-03-14

  • PhD (Physics) University of Naples Federico II 2003
  • MSc (Physics) University of Naples Federico II 2000
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.
Research Interests
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
Research Grant
  • Academic Research Fund Tier 1 (2015-) [by Ministry of Education (MOE)]
  • Academic Research Fund Tier 1 (2016-) [by Ministry of Education (MOE)]
  • NRF-Israel Science Foundation (2017-) [by National Research Foundation (NRF)]
  • Start Up Grant (2014-)
Current Projects
  • Acoustic Fluidization in Granular Based Models of Tectonic Faults
  • Connecting the Mechanical and Dynamical Properties of Amorphous Materials to the Vibrational Properties
  • New Materials from a Jamming Perspective
  • Towards the Mechanics of Earthquakes: Instabilities in Frictional Matter
Selected Publications
  • R. Arévalo and M. Pica Ciamarra. (2014). Size and density avalanche scaling near jamming. Soft Matter, 10.

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