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Dr Alessio Zaccone

Dr Alessio Zaccone

Head of the Statistical Physics Group

University Lecturer

The Anthony L. Lyster Fellow in Physics, Queens' College

Office Phone: 334776


2014 - 2015: W2 Professor of Theoretical Physics, Physik-Department,
Technical University Munich

2011 - 2014: Oppenheimer Research Fellow, Cavendish Laboratory,
University of Cambridge

2010 - 2011: Swiss National Science Foundation Fellow, Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge

2006 - 2010: PhD in Chemical Physics, ETH Zurich

2000 - 2005: Laurea (MSc),  Politecnico di Torino

Research Interests

Alessio Zaccone and his group are interested in obtaining a deeper understanding of the atomic and molecular-level many-body dynamics in a variety of condensed matter systems and materials, from liquids to glasses, crystals and granulars. He and his group aim to combine two fundamental schools of thought in condensed matter physics: one known as atomistic theory of real solids, the historical continuation of the works of Enrico Fermi, Edward Teller, Max Born, John Slater, Walter Kohn among others, and the other known as the nonequilibrium statistical mechanics approach to condensed matter, going back to Hendrik A. Kramers, Léon van Hove, Robert Zwanzig, and Wolfgang Goetze among others.

One of his main interests at the moment is the development of nonaffine lattice dynamics, which is a general theory framework for disordered condensed matter systems (e.g. defective crystals, liquids and glasses) with many applications ranging from the vibrational spectroscopy of liquids and solids, to the mechanical, electronic and thermal properties of metallic glasses, polymer glasses, molecular glasses, colloids and suspensions, nuclear materials, and granular systems. He is also very much interested in biomolecular systems and their self-assemby into aggregates and large-scale structures, with applications in biotechnology and medical science.

Alessio Zaccone, who has been awarded the title of Professor of Physics in Germany and in Switzerland, has published 59 articles in peer-reviewed journals (since 2007) on several problems of physics (incl. condensed matter, statistical physics, soft and biological matter, astrophysics and plasma physics), physical chemistry, metallurgy, and on engineering-motivated problems.


Key Publications

  1. B. Cui, R. Milkus, and A. Zaccone
    Direct link between boson-peak modes and dielectric alpha-relaxation in glasses.
    Physical Review E, accepted, in press.

  2. R. Milkus and A. Zaccone.
    Atomic-scale origin of viscoelastic response and creep in amorphous solids from local inversion-symmetry breaking.
    Physical Review E, accepted, in press.

  3. M. Laurati, P. Masshoff, K.J. Mutch, S.U. Egelhaaf, A. Zaccone.
    Long-lived neighbors determine the rheological response of glasses.
    Physical Review Letters 118, 018002 (2017).

  4. B. Cui, R. Milkus, A. Zaccone.
    The relation between stretched-exponential relaxation and the vibrational density of states in glassy disordered systems.
    Physics Letters A 381, 446 (2017).

  5. W.Y. Chen, L. Young, M. Lu, Meng, A. Zaccone, F. Ströhl, N. Yu, G. Kaminski Schierle, C. Kaminski.
    Fluorescence self-quenching from reporter dyes informs on the structural properties of amyloid clusters formed in vitro and in cells.
    Nano Letters 17, 143 (2017).

  6. A. Saric, T. Michaels, A. Zaccone, T.P.J. Knowles, D. Frenkel.
    Kinetics of spontaneous filament nucleation via oligomers: insights from theory and simulation.
    Journal of Chemical Physics 145, 211926 (2016).

  7. A. Zaccone, I. Terentjev, T. Herling, T.P.J. Knowles, A. Aleksandrova, E.M. Terentjev.
    Kinetics of fragmentation and dissociation of two-strand protein filaments: coarse-grained simulations and experiments.
    Journal of Chemical Physics 145, 105101 (2016).

  8. A. Lappala, A. Zaccone and E.M. Terentjev.
    Polymer glass transition occurs at the marginal rigidity point with z*=4.
    Soft Matter 12, 7330 (2016).

  9. A. Lagogianni, J. Krausser, Z. Evenson, K. Samwer, A. Zaccone.
    Unifying interatomic potential, g(r), elasticity, viscosity, and fragility of metallic glasses: analytical model, simulations, and experiments.
    Journal of Statistical Mechanics: Theory and Experiment 084001 (2016) - Special Issue on Structure in Glassy and Jammed Systems.

  10. B.O. Conchuir, C. Tarantini, C. McNeill, S. Huettner, A. Zaccone.
    Chain-assisted charge transport in semicrystalline conjugated polymers.
    Journal of Physical Chemistry C 120, 14539 (2016).

  11. M. Lattuada, A. Zaccone, H. Wu, M. Morbidelli.
    Population-balance description of shear-induced clustering, gelation and suspension viscosity in sheared DLVO  colloids.
    Soft Matter 12, 5313 (2016).

  12. R. Milkus and A. Zaccone.   
    Local inversion-symmetry breaking controls the boson peak in glasses and crystals.
    Physical Review B 93, 094204 (2016).       
  13. F. Mura and A. Zaccone.
    Effects of shear flow on phase nucleation and crystallization.
    Physical Review E 93, 042803 (2016).

  14. M. T. Dang, D. Denisov, B. Struth, A. Zaccone, P. Schall.
    Reversibility and hysteresis in the sharp yielding transition of colloidal glasses under oscillatory shear.
    European Physical Journal E 39, 44 (2016).

  15. M. Schlegel, J. Brujic, E. M. Terentjev, A. Zaccone.
    Local structure controls the nonaffine shear and bulk moduli of disordered solids.
    Scientific Reports (Nature) 6, 18724 (2016).

  16. K. Kyriakos, M. Philipp, C.-H. Lin, M. Dyakonova, M. Vishnevetskaya, I. Grillo, A. Zaccone, A. Miasnikova, A. Laschewski, P. Mueller-Buschbaum, C. Papadakis.
    Quantifying the interactions in the aggregation of thermoresponsive polymers - the effect of cononsolvency.
    Macromolecular Rapid Communications 37, 420 (2016).

  17. J. Krausser, K. Samwer, A. Zaccone.
    Interatomic repulsion softness directly controls the fragility of supercooled metallic melts.
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA 112, 13762 (2015).

  18. D. Denisov, M.T. Dang, B. Struth, A. Zaccone, G. H. Wegdam, P. Schall.
    Sharp symmetry-change marks the mechanical failure transition of glasses.
    Scientific Reports (Nature) 5,  14359 (2015).

  19. M. Mermet-Guyennet, J. de Castro, S. Varol, M. Habibi, B. Hosseinkhani, N. Martzel, R. Sprik, M. Denn, A. Zaccone, S. Parekh, D. Bonn.
    Size-dependent reinforcement of composite rubbers.
    Polymer 73, 170 (2015).

  20. M. van der Linden, B. O. Conchuir, E. Spigone, A. Niranjan, A. Zaccone, P. Cicuta.
    Microscopic origin of the Hofmeister effect in gelation kinetics of colloidal silica.
    Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 6, 2881 (2015).

  21. A. Zaccone, I. Terentjev, L. Di Michele, E. M. Terentjev.
    Fragmentation and depolymerization of non-covalently bonded filaments.
    Journal of Chemical Physics 142, 114905 (2015).

  22. S. Gu, J. Kaiserc, G. Marzuna, A. Ott, Y. Lu, M. Ballauff, A. Zaccone, S. Barcikowski, P. Wagener.
    Ligand-free gold nanoparticles as a reference material for kinetic modelling of catalytic reduction of 4-nitrophenol.
    Catalysis Letters 145, 1105 (2015).

  23. A. Zaccone, P. Schall, E. M. Terentjev.
    Microscopic origin of nonaffine nonlinear deformation in bulk metallic glasses.
    Physical Review B 90, 140203(R) (2014).

  24. S. Gu, S. Wunder, Y. Lu, M. Ballauff, R. Fenger, K. Rademann, B. Jaquet, A. Zaccone.
    Kinetic analysis of the catalytic reduction of 4-nitrophenol by metallic nanoparticles.
    Journal of Physical Chemistry C 118, 18618-18625 (2014).

  25. A. Zaccone, M. Siebenbürger, H. H. Winter, M. Ballauff.
    Linking self-assembly, rheology, and gel transition in attractive colloids.
    Journal of Rheology 58, 1219 (2014).

  26. B. O. Conchuir, Y.M. Harshe, M. Lattuada, A. Zaccone.
    Analytical model of fractal aggregate stability and restructuring in shear flows.
    Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 53, 9109 (2014).

  27. A. Zaccone and E.M. Terentjev.
    Short-range correlations control the G/K and Poisson ratios of amorphous solids and metallic glasses.
    Journal of Applied Physics 115, 033510 (2014).

  28. A. Moussa, M. Lattuada, B. O. Conchuir, A. Zaccone, M. Morbidelli, M. Soos.
    Flow-Induced aggregation and breakup of particle clusters controlled by surface nanoroughness.
    Langmuir 29, 14386 (2013).

  29. A. Lappala, A. Zaccone, E.M. Terentjev.
    Ratcheted diffusion through crowded nanochannels.
    Scientific Reports (Nature) 3, 3103 (2013).

  30. V. Fodera’, A. Zaccone, M. Lattuada, A.M. Donald.
    Electrostatics controls the formation of amyloid superstructures in protein aggregation.
    Physical Review Letters 111, 108105 (2013).

  31. A. Zaccone.
    Slowing-down of diffusion-controlled reactions in dense liquid matter.
    Journal of Chemical Physics 138, 186101 (2013).

  32. A. Zaccone and E. M. Terentjev.
    Disorder-assisted melting and the glass transition in amorphous solids.
    Physical Review Letters 110, 178002 (2013).

  33. B. O. Conchuir and A. Zaccone.
    Mechanism of flow-induced biomolecular and colloidal aggregate breakup.
    Physical Review E 87, 032310 (2013).

  34. A. Zaccone, J.J. Crassous, M. Ballauff.
    Colloidal gelation with variable attraction energy.
    Journal of Chemical Physics 138, 104908 (2013).

  35. A. Zaccone.
    Elastic deformations in covalent amorphous solids.
    Modern Physics Letters B 27, 1330002 (2013).

  36. T. Gibaud, A. Zaccone, E. Del Gado, V. Trappe, P. Schurtenberger.
    Unexpected decoupling of stretching and bending modes in protein gels.
    Physical Review Letters 110, 058303 (2013).

  37. L. DiMichele, A. Zaccone, and E. Eiser.
    Predictive theory of polymer-network mediated attraction between colloid particles.
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA 109, 10187 (2012).

  38. A. Zaccone and E.M. Terentjev.
    Theory of molecular crowding in Brownian hard-sphere liquids.
    Physical Review E 85, 061202 (2012).

  39. A. Zaccone and E.M. Terentjev.
    Theory of thermally-activated ionization and dissociation of bound states.
    Physical Review Letters 108, 038302 (2012).

  40. A. Zaccone, J.R. Blundell, and E.M. Terentjev.
    Network disorder and nonaffine deformations in marginal solids.
    Physical Review B 84, 174119 (2011).

  41. A. Zaccone, J.J. Crassous, B. Beri, and M. Ballauff.
    Quantifying the reversible association of thermoresponsive nanoparticles.
    Physical Review Letters 107, 168303 (2011).

  42. A. Zaccone, N. Dorsaz, C. DeMichele, F. Piazza, M. Morbidelli, and G. Foffi.
    Crowding, intermolecular interactions and shear-flow effects in the diffusion model of chemical reactions.
    Journal of Physical Chemistry B 115, 7383 (2011).

  43. A. Zaccone and E. Scossa-Romano.
    Approximate analytical description of the nonaffine response of amorphous solids.
    Physical Review B 83, 184205 (2011).

  44. A. Zaccone, D. Gentili, H. Wu, M. Morbidelli, and E. Del Gado.
    Shear-driven solidification of dilute colloidal suspensions.
    Physical Review Letters 106, 138302 (2011).

  45. D. Xie, H. Wu, A. Zaccone, L. Braun, and M. Morbidelli.
    Criticality for shear-induced gelation of charge-stabilized colloids.
    Soft Matter 6, 2692 (2010).

  46. A. Zaccone, D. Gentili, H. Wu, and M. Morbidelli.
    Shear-induced reaction-limited aggregation kinetics of Brownian particles at arbitrary concentrations.
    Journal of Chemical Physics 132, 134903 (2010).

  47. H. Wu, E. Tsoutsoura, M. Lattuada, A. Zaccone, and M. Morbidelli.
    Effect of temperature on high shear-induced gelation of charge-stabilized colloids without adding electrolytes.
    Langmuir 26, 2761 (2010).

  48. A. Zaccone and E. Del Gado.
    On mean coordination and structural heterogeneity in model amorphous solids.
    Journal of Chemical Physics 132, 024906 (2010).

  49. A. Zaccone, H. Wu, and E. Del Gado.
    Elasticity of short-ranged attractive colloids: homogeneous and heterogeneous glasses.
    Physical Review Letters 103, 208301 (2009).

  50. A. Zaccone, H. Wu, D. Gentili, and M. Morbidelli.
    Theory of activated-rate processes under shear with application to shear-induced aggregation of colloids.
    Physical Review E 80, 051404 (2009).

  51. A. Zaccone.
    The shear modulus of metastable amorphous solids with strong central and bond-bending interactions.
    Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter 21, (28) 285103 (2009).

  52. A. Zaccone, M. Soos, M. Lattuada, M. U. Bäbler, and M. Morbidelli.
    Breakup of dense colloidal aggregates under hydrodynamic stresses.
    Physical Review E 79, 061401 (2009).

  53. H. Wu, A. Zaccone, E. Tsoutsoura, M. Lattuada, and M. Morbidelli.
    High shear-induced gelation of charge-stabilized colloids in a microchannel without adding electrolytes.
    Langmuir 25, 4715 (2009).

  54. A. Zaccone, H. Wu, Portaluri, M. Lattuada, and M. Morbidelli.
    Mechanically stirred single-stage column for continuous gelation of colloidal systems.
    AIChE Journal 54, 3106 (2008).

  55. A. Zaccone, H. Wu, M. Lattuada, and M. Morbidelli.
    Charged molecular films on Brownian particles: structure, interactions and relation to stability.
    Journal of Physical Chemistry B 112, 6793 (2008).

  56. A. Zaccone, H. Wu, M. Lattuada, and M. Morbidelli.
    Correlation between surfactant adsorption/association phenomena and colloidal stability studied by light scattering.
    Journal of Physical Chemistry B 112, 1976 (2008).

  57. A. Zaccone, M. Lattuada, H. Wu, and M. Morbidelli.
    Theoretical elastic moduli for disordered packings of interconnected spheres.
    Journal of Chemical Physics 127, 174512 (2007).

  58. A. Zaccone, A. Gäbler, S. Maaß, D. Marchisio, and M. Kraume.
    Drop breakage in liquid-liquid stirred dispersions - Modelling of single drop breakage.
    Chemical Engineering Science 62, 6297-6307 (2007).

  59. S. Maass, A. Gäbler, A. Zaccone, A. Paschedag, and M. Kraume.
    Experimental investigations and modelling of breakage phenomena in stirred liquid/liquid systems.
    Chemical Engineering Research & Design 85, 703 (2007).


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