Full Professor  
Academic disciplines
Fisica della materia (FIS/03)
Office phone
  • U05, Floor: 2, Room: 2067


Marco Bernasconi is full professor of Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics at the University of Milano-Bicocca since 2016. He has a Phd and a Master in Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics from SISSA-Trieste (1993 and 1991) and an undergraduate degree in Physics from the University of Milano (1988). He spent few years as a postdoctoral fellow at Sissa (1993-1994) and at the Max-Planck-Institut FKF in Stuttgart (1994-1996). He held the positions of Assistant Professor at the University of Milano (1996-1998) and at the University of Milano-Bicocca (1998-2001) and then of Associate Professor (2001-2016) at the University of Milano-Bicocca. His research activity is dedicated to theoretical condensed matter physics, and in particular to electronic structure calculations and atomistic simulations of materials for energy and for applications in microelectronics and photonics. He published over 170 articles on international journals with peer-review that received over  7000 citations with H-index=48 (ISI-Web of Knowledge, January 2023). He gave over 60 invited talks at international conferences and schools, and over 30 invited seminars at Universities, Research Centers and Industries in Italy and abroad.  He has been responsible  of the Milano-Bicocca unit in several national  (PRIN, Fondazione Cariplo) and international  projects (Horizon2020, EU-FP7, bilateral projects) and of industrial research contracts with the companies Pirelli  and Micron Semiconductors. He has given courses on Condensed Matter Physics (Structure of Matter), Molecular Physics and  Quantum Mechanics. He supervised several undergraduate thesis, Phd thesis and  the activity of postdoctoral fellows. He was co-chair of  international workshops and schools, he was responsible of the research unit of Milano-Bicocca of the consortium CNISM (2005-2011), and  he was   the dean of the Phd program in Materials Science and Nanotechnology of the University of Milano-Bicocca (2017-2022).


  • Abou El Kheir, O., Bonati, L., Parrinello, M., Bernasconi, M. (2024). Unraveling the crystallization kinetics of the Ge2Sb2Te5 phase change compound with a machine-learned interatomic potential. NPJ COMPUTATIONAL MATERIALS, 10(1) [10.1038/s41524-024-01217-6]. Detail

  • Cecchi, S., Momand, J., Dragoni, D., ABOU EL KHEIR, O., Fagiani, F., Kriegner, D., et al. (2024). Thick Does the Trick: Genesis of Ferroelectricity in 2D GeTe-Rich (GeTe)m(Sb2Te3)n Lamellae. ADVANCED SCIENCE, 11(1 (January 5, 2024)) [10.1002/advs.202304785]. Detail

  • Acharya, D., Abou El Kheir, O., Campi, D., Bernasconi, M. (2024). Crystallization kinetics of nanoconfined GeTe slabs in GeTe/TiTe2-like superlattices for phase change memories. SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, 14(1) [10.1038/s41598-024-53192-z]. Detail

  • Ramic, K., Damian, J., Di Julio, D., Kittelmann, T., Campi, D., Bernasconi, M., et al. (2024). Advances in Nuclear Data and Software Development for the HighNESS Project. NUCLEAR SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING, 198(1), 74-82 [10.1080/00295639.2023.2184196]. Detail

  • Perego, S., Dragoni, D., Gabardi, S., Campi, D., Bernasconi, M. (2023). Structure and Crystallization Kinetics of As-Deposited Films of the GeTe Phase Change Compound from Atomistic Simulations. PHYSICA STATUS SOLIDI. RAPID RESEARCH LETTERS, 17(8 (August 2023)) [10.1002/pssr.202200433]. Detail

Research projects

NEuroMorPHic devices bASed on chalcogenIde heteroStructures (EMPHASIS)
Year: 2021
Call: Decreto Direttoriale n.1628 del 16-10-2020 - Bando PRIN 2020
BEFOREHAND - Boosting Performance of Phase Change Devices by hetero- and nano-structure material design
Year: 2018
Call: 2017-066 - h2020-ict-2018-2020
7th International Workshop on Characterization and Modeling of Memory Devices (IWCM)
Year: 2016
Call: Bando FIRB accordi di programma 2010
SYNAPSE-SYnthesis and functionality of chalcogenide NAnostructures for PhaSE change memories
Year: 2012
Call: 2011-085 - FP7-NMP-2012-SMALL-6 - NMP.2012.2.2-2, FP7-NMP-2012-SMALL-6 NMP.2012.2.2-2
MOCVD growth and study of chalcogenide nanowires for phase change devices
Year: 2009
Call: Bando Materiali Avanzati



  • Ovshinsky Lecturship Award, European Phase Change and Ovonics Symposium (E/PCOS), 2018


  • Program chair - 12th International Workshop on Characterization and Modeling of Memory Devices(Italia), 2023
  • Presidente/Chairman del comitato organizzativo - 9th International workshop on characterization and modeling of memory devices(Italia), 2018
  • Program chair - 7th International Workshop on Characterization and Modeling of Memory Devices, Milano (I)., 2016
  • Program chair - "LOW-DIMENSIONAL DYNAMICAL PHENOMENA AND SIMULATIONS", 42nd Workshop of the International School of Solid State Physics, Ettore Majorana Center, Erice (I)., 2007