Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche
Istituto Officina dei Materiali

The National Research Council (Cnr) is the largest public research institution in Italy, the only one under the Research Ministry performing multidisciplinary activities. 

Founded as legal person on 18 November 1923, Cnrs mission is to perform research in its own Institutes, to promote innovation and competitiveness of the national industrial system, to promote the internationalization of the national research system, to provide technologies and solutions to emerging public and private needs, to advice Government and other public bodies, and to contribute to the qualification of human resources. 

In the Cnr’s research world, the main resource is the available knowledge which means people, with their skills, commitment and ideas. This capital comprises more than 8.000 employees, of whom more than half are researchers and technologists. Some 4.000 young researchers are engaged in postgraduate studies and research training at Cnr within the organizations top-priority areas of interest. A significant contribution also comes from research associates: researchers, from Universities or private firms, who take part in Cnrs research activities. 


The activities within MAGNELIQ will be performed at the Istituto Officina dei Materiali (IOM). IOM is an interdisciplinary research center, located at Trieste (Italy), that combines material synthesis, advanced characterisations and numerical simulations, focusing on the study and development of innovative materials and devices at the micro- and nano-scale. It was established in 2010 from former groups and laboratories of Istituto Nazionale di Fisica della Materia – INFM (Italian National Institute for Condensed Matter Physics). 

The Project Team

Layla Martin-Samos
Layla Martin-SamosDr.

Principal Investigator.
Project Management Board Member.

Layla is a researcher from the Italian National Research Council (CNR-IOM Democritos) and is Associate Professor (non-staff member) at the University of Nova Gorica. After a PhD in Computational Material Science in Paris (2004) devoted to the modelling of defects in amorphous SiO2 from first-principles, Layla Martin-Samos moved to the INFM-S3 center in Modena (Italy) where she developed SaX (Self-energies And eXitations) software package based on Many-Body Perturbation Theory. SaX implements the GW approximation and the Bethe-Salpeter Equation. In 2009, she moved to Trieste (Italy) where she worked as development scientist for Quantum-ESPRESO. In 2012 she became assistant Professor at the University of Nova Gorica (Slovenia) in the Materials Research Laboratory. Her research interests goes from software development, refactoring and optimization to connection between theory and experiments, including multi-scaling and methodological developments. She is actively involved in a longstanding collaboration devoted to understand and model defects and irradiation effects in semiconductors and insulators. She is managing several projects including research contracts with industry.

Stefano De Gironcoli
Stefano De GironcoliProf.

Substitute Project Management Board

Gabriela Herrero-Saboya
Gabriela Herrero-SaboyaDr.
Junior Postdoc

Gabriela has a Bsc in Physics and a Msc in Materials Science from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and ENS de Lyon respectively. She has recently obtained her PhD degree (November 2020) from Université de Toulouse for her theoretical work on defects in silicon. She is interested in fundamental solid state problems, which she tries to understand through simple toy-models and state-of-the art first-principles calculations.

Matic Pobreznik
Matic PobreznikDr.

Matic obtained his PhD degree in 2019 from the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology of the Univeristy of Ljubljana.
His thesis work consisted mainly of the study of the oxidation of aluminum surfaces and their interactions with corrosion inhibitors by means of first principles calculations. Since June 2020 he is a postdoc researcher at CNR-IOM, working on the implementation of ARTn as a plugin for DFT and molecular dynamics codes as well as the ab initio modeling of Barium hexaferite nanoplatelets. His main interests involve the studies of physico-chemical processes that take place at surfaces and hybrid interfaces.

Nicolas Salles
Nicolas SallesDr.
Senior Postdoc

Nicolas got his PhD in Physics at Orsay-Dijon. After a first postdoc at CNRS-LAAS (Toulouse, France), he moves to the University of Nova Gorica. He is presently a senior post-doc at CNR-IOM and teacher and co-coordinator of the High Performance Computing professional Master at SISSA-ICTP. His research covers several topics that include polarisation effects, ionic transport, development of semi-classical interatomic potentials (generalisation of SMTB-Q) and multi-scaling approaches. He is an exert in Object Kinetic Monte-Carlo and in Molecular Dynamics (Full first-principles and classical). He is also contributing to the maintenance and development of ARTn.

Miha Gunde
Miha Gunde
Postgraduate Fellow

Miha has a Bsc and a Msc in Physics from the University of Nova Gorica (Slovenia). He is presently a postgraduate fellow from the CNR-IOM and he is enrolled in a PhD program at the Université Toulouse III – Paul Sabatier (France). He is strongly involved in the development of multi-scale and multi-approaches frameworks. In particular, his current research is focused on the development of numerical methods aimed at assisting atomistic simulations for automatic tracking, comparison and manipulation of local structures (finger prints and descriptors).