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Claudio Zannoni

Alma Mater Honorary Professor

Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna

Curriculum vitae

Academic Career
  • 1972 "Laurea" degree in Chimica Industriale, University of Bologna, Italy (110/110 and honours and M. Betti Prize). Supervisor: Prof. G.F. Pedulli.
  • 1975 Ph.D. in Chemical Physics, University of Southampton (U.K.). Thesis: On the molecular theories of liquid crystals. Supervisor: Prof. G.R. Luckhurst.
  • 1975-1982 Assistant Professor, Faculty of Industrial Chemistry, University of Bologna
  • 1979-80, 1980-81, 1981-82 Visiting Lecturer, ``Liquid Crystals and Liquids" course, Department of Chemistry, University of Southampton, UK 
  • 1982-1987 Associate Professor of Physical Chemistry, University of Bologna
  • 1987-  Full Professor of  Physical Chemistry, Dipartimento di Chimica Fisica ed Inorganica, Faculty of Industrial Chemistry, University of Bologna
  • November-December 1998; February-April, 2003; November-December 2010. Invited Professor: Modellizzazione al Calcolatore: dalle Molecole ai Sistemi Complessi course, Scuola Universitaria Superiore, IUSS, University of Pavia 
  • November 2004-October 2010 - Department Director, Dipartimento di Chimica Fisica ed Inorganica , University of Bologna
  • 1998- Founder and Director, of the International School of Liquid Crystals (ISLC), Erice, IT
  • November-December 1998, February-April, 2003, November-December 2010, Invited Professor: Scuola Universitaria Superiore, IUSS, University of Pavia
  • 2009-2010 nominated Adjunt Professor; 2012-2014, nominated Chair Professor, Centre for Modelling, Simulation and Design (CMSD), University of Hyderabad, India.
  • November 2004-October 2010 - Department Director, Dipartimento di Chimica Fisica ed InorganicaUniversity of Bologna
  • September 2010. Awarded G.B. Bonino medal of the Italian Chemical Society- Physical Chemistry Division.
  • November 2010-October 2012 - Department Deputy Director (Vicedirettore), Dipartimento di Chimica Fisica ed InorganicaUniversity of Bologna
  • January 2012- September 2012 - Chairman (Presidente) Corso di Laurea Magistrale in Chimica Industriale, Faculty of Industrial Chemistry, University of Bologna
  • August 2012- July 2016 - President of the International Liquid Crystal Society (ILCS), Kent, OH, USA
  • October 2012- September 2015 - Chairman (Coordinatore), Master Course in Industrial Chemistry, School of Science ( Corso di Laurea Magistrale in Chimica Industriale, Scuola di Scienze), University of Bologna
  • December 2012 -Chairman of EU-PRACE Supercomputing  Access Panel 
  • March 2013-April 2013 - Visiting Fellow, Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences (INI), University of Cambridge, UK.
  • January 2014, February 2017, Academic Visitor, Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford, UK
  • August 2015, "Academic Icon" Visiting Professor, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • February 2018, Solvay Colloquium Lecturer, ULB, Bruxelles.
  • Nov. 2018-Oct. 2020 Alma Mater Professor, University of Bologna
  • Jul. 2018, Corresponding member of Accademia delle Scienze di Bologna.
  • Jan.2019-Jun-.2019 Invited Fellow, Isaac Newton Institute (INI), University of Cambridge, UK.

Scientific Activity:

  • Author of around 300 papers on international Journals or in  edited volumes on Molecular Modelling, Computer Simulations (Monte Carlo and Molecular Dynamics), Spectroscopic (Fluorescence, ESR, NMR) investigations of Liquid Crystals, Polymers,  Membranes, Proteins and other  Soft Materials in the bulk or nanoconfined (over 10000 citations, Hirsch  index H=46 (ISI-WoS), H=53 (Google Scholar).).
  • Co-editor of  3 books (Kluwer)
  • Supervising Activity: 
  •  over 46 “Tesi di Laurea” (1 year master-like thesis) completed, 
  •  20 PhD thesis completed.
  •  Has supervised over 25 international predoctoral and 30 postdoctoral fellows (from BE, BR, DE, FI, FR, GR, IN, IR, IT, JP, LT, NL, SE, SI, TR, UK).
  • Has given over 300 invited talks in a number of Universities and International Laboratories and has been Invited or Plenary Lecturer at many International meeting in Europe, Brasil, Canada, Korea,  Japan, US.


Editorial Board

Other Activities and Services


  • Director of the International School of Liquid Crystals, at the Centro Ettore Majorana, Erice since 1998. 19 courses have already been completed.
  • Member of the Italian Chemical Society (SCI), of the Italian Liquid Crystal Society (SICL) 
  • Chairman of the International  Liquid Crystal Society (ILCS), on the Board of ILCS as regional representative for Italy (July 2000-).
  • Member of the European Science Foundation (ESF) Pool of Reviewers (2006-), of the EPSRC Peer Review College, UK (2006-) and reviewer for a number of Institutions, including EU, Belgian BELSPO, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, NSF.
  • Coordinator of CRIMSON the INSTM reference Center for Modelling and Simulation of Molecular Organizations and Nanosystems (2007-)
  • Chairman of CINECA Scientific Committee (July 2012-).
  • Member of EU PRACE High Performance Computing Scientific Steering Committee (December 2012-)
  • Chairman of EU PRACE Supercomputing Access Panel (December 2012-)
  • ---- Past
  • Member of the Chemistry Panel of Experts of the European Community, Human Capital and Mobility project (1992-1994). Member of the Fellowships and of the Networks Chemistry Review Panels for the Training and Mobility of Researchers Program (1995, 2001).
  • Member of the MCT International Chemistry Panel of Evaluation ( Avaliação das Unidades de Investigação), Portugal (1996)
  • Member of the Scientific Board of the "Istituto dei composti del carbonio contenenti eteroatomi e loro applicazioni" (ICOCEA) CNR, Bologna (1997-2000) and of the "Centro Studi CNR sugli Stati Molecolari Radicalici ed Eccitati" (CSSMRE), Padova (1997-2000).
  • Member of the INFM Evaluation Panel (2000).
  • Member of the International Advisory Board of the Southampton Liquid Crystal Institute (1996-2003).
  • External Member of the INFM (National Institute for the Physics of Matter) Directors Board ("Consiglio Direttivo") (2001-2003).
  • Member of the Physical Chemistry Division Board (Direttivo Divisione di Chimica Fisica) of SCI, the Italian Chemical Society (2004-2006)
  • Director of the Theory Section of INSTM, the Italian Consortium for Science and Technology of Materials (Florence) (formerly INCM 1993-1996) and member of its Scientific Council (1996-March 2009).
  • Coordinator of the National "Virtual" Computational Laboratory of INSTM at CINECA computing centre providing supercomputer and general computing resources and access to selected scientific software to INSTM members (1997- 2009).
  • Director with Dr. P. Pasini (INFN, Bologna) of the NATO ASI: Advances in the Computer Simulation of Liquid Crystals, Erice, Italy, 11-21 June 1998 and with P. Pasini and S. Zumer of the NATO ARW "Computer simulations of defects in liquid crystals including their relation to theory and experiment", Erice 19-23 September 2000.
  • Member of the Scientific Panel (Comitato Scientifico) of the Science Festival (Festival della Scienza), Genova (2006-2012)
  • Member of CINECA Scientific Advisory Board for the allocation of Supercomputer Resources . ISCRA (2010-2012)
  • Chairman of the Scientific Users Selection Panel (SUSP) panel for the High Performance Computing Centres Access programme: HPC-Europa (2004-2012) .

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