Piero Nicolini received the M.S. degree in physics from the University of Trieste, Italy, in 1997, and the Ph.D. degree in theoretical physics from the University of Bologna, Italy, in 2002. He spent a couple of postdoctoral appointments at the CPT, Marseille, and the University of Trieste, where he was later appointed as an Adjunct Professor. In 2009, he moved to Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies, where he currently runs, as a principal investigator, a research project on evaporating black holes funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). Since 2010, he has been an active Member of the European COST action, Black holes in a Violent Universe, the world's first network on black hole research. He has successfully conducted research activity in disparate areas. Nicolini published papers in dilaton gravity models borrowing methods from string theory as well as plasma physics, quantum hydrodynamics, cosmology, neutrino oscillations, and fractal properties of a quantum spacetime. However, he is best known for several highly cited publications, in which he first proposed noncommutative geometry as a tool for studying black holes beyond the semiclassical limit. His current research interests and areas of expertise include also the production of microscopic black holes at colliders, modified theories of gravity, quantum gravity phenomenology, and gauge-gravity duality.
Biography Updated on 20 November 2012