I obtained a Master’s degree in Theoretical Physics at the University of Rome La Sapienza in November 2019.
During my master’s thesis I addressed the numerical characterization of the Volume Phase Transition in hydrogels and its critical behaviour.
In January 2020 I started working as a PhD student and Project Assistant at the Institute of Process and Particle Engineering at Graz University of Technology, in the framework of the CALIPER ITN.
My current research aims to investigate and understand the physical mechanisms that contribute to the mechanics of strongly deformable grains. I want to characterize how deformability affects the flowing properties of granular materials and discriminate under which conditions it is necessary to take into account fully resolved grain deformation models in their description. This is done by means of extensive numerical simulations, using LIGGGHTS® for modelling the particles and OpenFOAM® for the fluid flow.