Dr Francesco Turci
HH Wills Physics Laboratory
Bristol, BS8 1TL
- January 2019 – today
Senior Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Bristol.
Topic: Wetting and drying in active systems.
with Nigel Wilding
- July 2014 – December 2018
Senior Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Bristol.
Topic: Deeply supercooled liquids and structure.
with C. Patrick Royall
- July 2012 – July 2014
Postdoctoral Fellow in the Theory of Soft Condensed Matter Group, Université du Luxembourg.
Topic: Growth kinetics of solid-liquid interfaces.
with Tanja Schilling
- October 2009 – July 2012
PhD Thesis in Physics in the Laboratoire Charles Coulomb – UMR CNRS et Université Montpellier 2.
Topic : Transport Models with Constrained Dynamics: Heterogeneous Flow and Intermittency.
with Estelle Pitard Teaching :
- December 2008 – July 2009
Research project at the Physics of the City Laboratory, Physics Department, Bologna University.
Topic : Statistical properties of a dynamic process on networks. Monte Carlo modeling.
Supervisors : A. Bazzani, G. Turchetti.
- January – September 2007 Research project in the frame of the CoChiSe (Cell-on-Chip bioSensor) european programme at ARCES, Bologna University.
Topic : Modelisation of evaporative fluxes for the control of micro-fluidic devices. Experiments and simulations.Supervisors: G. Servizi, D. Gazzola.
- 2014-today: In Bristol, I have taught Soft Matter and Statistical Physics to bachelor and master’s students in the School of Physics and tutored students in Foundational courses.
- 2012: During my post-doc in Luxembourg, I taught (in English and French) Electrodynamics, for two months, whilst also planning, organising and evaluating exams.
- 2009-2012: During my PhD studies, I was teaching assistant in Calculus, Mechanics and Newtonian dynamics for first year Bachelor students in Physics, Geophysics and Chemistry. In total, I taught (in
- French) three modules of 64 hours each.
- 2014-present: Supervision and co-supervision of 10 Master students; co-supervision of 5 PhD students. Currently official second supervisor of two PhD students in glassy physics and biological neural networks.
- 2012-2014: Co-supervision of 2 Master and 2 PhD students.
- June 2012 – Université Montpellier 2 (France).
Ph.D. thesis Transport Models with Constrained Dynamics: Heterogeneous Flow and Intermittency. Supervisor: E. Pitard.
Jury: C. Appert-Rolland, S. Ciliberto, N. Kern, K. Mallick, A. Parmeggiani, M. Sellitto, C. Vanderzande.
- June 2009 – Bologna University Alma Mater Studiorum (Italy).
Master Degree in Applied Physics: 110/110 cum laude.
- October 2007 – Bologna University Alma Mater Studiorum (Italy).
First Degree in Physics: 110/110 cum laude.
- 2006 – oboe diploma at G. Frescobaldi Conservatory of Music, Ferrara (Italy). Mark: 9/10.
- July 2004 – Scientific Highschool Fulcieri Paulucci de’ Calboli in Forlì (Italy).
Maturità Scientifica : 100/100.
See full list here.
- Stuttgart (Germany), June 2021. “Dimensionality and effective forces in active phase separation”. Invited Seminar – online.
- Cambridge (UK), January 2020. “A dynamical transition in oscillating crystals”. Invited Seminar.
- Montpellier (France), December 2019. A dynamical transition in oscillating crystals. Invited Seminar.
- Luxembourg, November 2019. “Local structure and configurational entropy in liquids”. Invited Seminar.
- Edinburgh (UK), April 2019. Interdisciplinary Topics in Non-Equilbrium Physics. “Structural dynamical
- correlations and rigid response.” Invited Talk.
- Paris (France). December 2018. “Transition viteruse: signatures dynamiques et structurelles.” Invited Seminar.
- Naples (Italy), July 2018. “The framework of structural-dynamical transitions in glass-forming systems”. Invited Seminar.
- Montpellier (France), July 2018. “The framework of structural-dynamical transitions in glass-forming systems”. Invited Seminar.
- Bristol (UK), June 2018. Unifying Concepts of Glass Physics. “Dynamical transitions and rigidity”. Talk.
- Amsterdam (Netherlands), April 2018. “The framework of structural-dynamical transitions in glass-forming systems”. Invited Seminar.
- Bruxelles (Belgium), November 2017. “Insights on the structural-dynamical coupling of frustrated systems: α large deviations approach”. Invited Seminar.
- Edinburgh (UK), September 2017, Thermodynamics 2017. “Glasses and metastability: large deviations of dynamical observables in experiments and simlations”. Talk.
- Wisla (Poland), July 2017, 8th IDMRCS. “Controlling frustration in glass forming liquids ”.Invited Talk.
- London (UK), May 2017, Stat. Phys. of Complex, Glassy and Non-Equilibrium Systems@KCL. “Understanding phase transitions in trajectory space: theory and experiments on glass formers”. Talk.
- Bath (UK), May 2017, Physics Department. Theory Group Seminar. “Binary Crystals and Kinetic Traps”. Invited seminar.
- Utrecht (Netherlands), January 2017, Institute for Theoretical Physics. “Understanding phase transitions in trajectory space: theory and experiments on glass formers”. Invited Seminar.
- Amsterdam (Netherlands), January 2017. Van’t Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences. “Phase transitions in trajectory space: the emergence of rigidity”. Invited Seminar.
- Paris (France), November 2016. LPTMC (UPMC). “Large deviations and dynamical transitions in glass formers“. Invited Seminar.
- Mainz (Germany), November 2016. Theory and Simulation Group. “Releasing frustration for better relaxation”. Invited Seminar.
- Durham (UK), November 2016. Soft-Matter Group. “Phase transitions in trajectory space: the emergence oφ rigidity”. Invited Seminar.
- Sheffield (UK), July 2016, NESC’16: Adv. in Theory and Simulation of non-equilibrium systems. “Non-Equilibrium Phase Transition in an Atomistic Glassformer: the Connection to Thermodynamics”. Talk.
- London (UK), July 2016, CONES 2016: Conference on Non-Equilibrium Systems. “Non-Equilibrium Phase Transition in an Atomistic Glassformer: the Connection to Thermodynamics”. Talk.
- Mainz (Germany), July 2015, CECAM Workshop. Role of Structure in Dynamical Arrest. “Evidence for a Second Order Phase Transition to an Ideal Glass from Trajectory Sampling”. Invited Talk.
- Bristol (UK), May 2014, HH Wills Physics Laboratory. “Non-equilibrium: three (not so) easy pieces”. Invited Talk.
- Marseille (France), December 2013, Centre de Physique Théorique. “Exclusion transport processes with constrained dynamics”.Invited Talk.
- Trieste (Italy), March 2013, MECO38. Best Poster Award.
- Edinburgh (UK), December 2011, Noneq. Physics and Asymmetric Exclusion Processes. Invited Talk.
- Cargèse (France), April 2010. Jamming and Rheology. Talk.
Fluent English, Fluent French, Elementary Turkish, Italian mother-tongue.
- Certificates : French C2i1, C2i2e, equivalent to the ECDL + teaching specific topics; Coursera Machine Learning, Andrew Ng, Stanford University (2020).
- Development : C/C++, Python, R, Mathematica, Matlab/Octave. Elements of Fortran, Tcl/Tk, Java.
- Simulation and data analysis: LAMMPS, ESPResSo Molecular Dynamics, VMD, Comsol Multiphysics, Matplotlib, Gnuplot, Grace, DataGraph.
- Image processing : Gimp, Pixelmator, Inkscape, OmniGraffle, VectorDesigner, Matlab.
I regular review scientific articles for journals in the areas of nonequilibrium statistical mechanics and disordered condensed-matter systems. The main journals and institutions for which I have acted as a referee are:
- Nature Publishing Group: Nature Physics
- American Physical Society Journals: Physical Review Letters, Physical Review X, Physical Review Materials, Physical Review E, Physical Review B
- AIP Publishing: Journal of Chemical Physics
- Royal Society of Chemistry: Soft Matter
- IOP Publishing: Journal of Statistical Mechanics: Theory and Experiment, Journal of Physics: Condensed
- French National Research Agency (ANR) (evaluation of research grants)
Last updated: August, 2021