I received my degree in theoretical chemistry in 2001 (University of Pisa and Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa) and the doctorate in 2006 in computational chemistry at the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Italy. My doctoral thesis, entitled "Multi-Grid QM/ MM Approaches in ab initio Molecular Dynamics" was supervised by Prof. Dr. Michele Parrinello. From 2006 to 2008 I worked as a post-doctoral researcher in the research group of Prof. Dr. Jürg Hutter at the University of Zurich, where I developed algorithms for ab initio and classical molecular dynamics simulations. Since 2008 I am working in the department of Industry Solutions and Cognitive Computing at the IBM Research Laboratory in Zurich (ZRL). In 2015, I have been appointed technical leader for molecular simulations at ZRL.
The focus of his research is on complex molecular dynamics simulations for industrial-related problems (energy storage, life sciences and nano-electronics) and on the application of machine learning/artificial intelligence technologies to chemistry and materials science problems.