Advancing Solid Interfaces and Lubricants by First Principles Materials Design (SLIDE)

Advancing Solid Interface and Lubricants by First Principles Material Design” (SLIDE) is a project founded by the European Research Council through a Consolidator Grant and hosted by the University of Bologna. The principal investigator is Prof. Maria Clelia Righi. The activities started on November the 1st 2020. The goal of the project is to port material design paradigm based on first principles material discovery to the field of tribology to advance the study of solid interfaces and design materials to reduce friction.

More on the ERC Project SLIDE here

Our group

The main activity of our research group is to develop and apply computational protocols to study materials for practical applications. We have experience in several methods to study materials properties on multi-scales, they include Density Functional Theory, kinetic Monte-Carlo, classical and ab-initio molecular dynamics, high throughput.

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 adhesion, friction and lubrication. We devote our research efforts for improving materials to reduce 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


Group leader – Prof. Clelia Righi
clelia.righi @

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