Massimiliano Di Ventra, Professor of Physics at the University of California, San Diego, received the 2020 Foresight Institute Feynman Prize for Theory.
Professor Di Ventra has made major contributions to several areas of nanotechnology and condensed matter theory:
- He pioneered the study of quantum transport in nanoscale and atomic systems from first principles.
- He developed novel theoretical and computational techniques, and predicted several nanoscale phenomena that have been later verified experimentally.
- He suggested the quantum sequencing approach to detect and differentiate DNA bases in nanochannels using quantum tunneling for precision medicine.
- He proposed the concept of memcomputing (computing in and with memory), and spearheaded the study of memory effects in materials and devices for a wide range of applications.
Massimiliano Di Ventra obtained his undergraduate degree in Physics from the University of Trieste (Italy) in 1991 and did his PhD studies at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne in 1993-1997. He is now professor of Physics at the University of California, San Diego. Di Ventra's research interests are in condensed-matter theory and unconventional computing. He has been invited to deliver more than 300 talks worldwide on these topics, including 15 plenary/keynote presentations. He has published more than 200 papers in refereed journals (he was named 2018 Highly Cited Researcher by Clarivate Analytics), has 4 granted patents, co-edited the textbook Introduction to Nanoscale Science and Technology (Springer, 2004) for undergraduate students, he is single author of the graduate-level textbook Electrical Transport in Nanoscale Systems (Cambridge University Press, 2008), and of the trade book The Scientific Method: Reflections from a Practitioner (Oxford University Press, 2018). He is a fellow of the American Physical Society, the Institute of Physics, and foreign member of the Academia Europaea. He is the co-founder of MemComputing, Inc.
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