Materials Modeling & Tribology


The main activity of our research group is to develop and apply computational protocols to study materials for technological applications. We study the material behavior and function by applying several methods, which include density functional theory, high-throughput calculations, classical, ab initio, and multi-scale molecular dynamics. 

Among different applications of these techniques, including materials growth, catalysis,  nanomechanics, surface and interface science, we are particularly active in tribology, i.e., the science of interacting surfaces in relative motion. We devote our research efforts to improve materials for reducing friction, with the hope of contributing to the global challenges of reducing energy losses and CO2 emissions.           


Department of Physics and Astronomy
Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna
Viale Berti Pichat 6/2, 40127, Bologna, Italy

Prof. Clelia Righi
clelia.righi @

Prof. Clelia Righi’s office
(+39) 051 209 5107