Materials Modeling and Tribology

Our group is based at the Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna

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

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