Dario Alfé received his Laurea degree in physics in 1993 from the University of Trieste, his M.S. degree in condensed matter physics in 1995, and his Ph.D. degree in 1997, both from the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA) in Trieste, Italy. Then, he served as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Keele, Staffordshire, UK, and in 1998 as a Research Fellow at University College London, UK. In 2000, he was awarded a Royal Society University Fellowship, which he resigned in 2006 to take up a European Young Investigator Award (EURYI) in 2005. From 2003 to 2006, he was a Reader in physics at the Department of Earth Sciences and the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UCL, and since 2006 he has been a Professor of physics at the Department of Earth Sciences, the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UCL, the Materials Simulation Laboratory, and Lonodn Centre for Nanotechnology. He received a Doornbos Memorial Prize in 2002, a Philip Leverhulme Prize in 2002, and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSCR) High Performance Computing (HPC) Prize in 2005. His main research interests are in the area of first-principle calculations, applied to a number of subjects including the high-pressure and high-temperature properties of materials (Earth's core conditions) and surface science problems such as adsorption and desorption of molecules from surfaces, and the physics of metal hydrides.
Biography Updated on 15 May 2008