Professore Ordinario 
Settore scientifico disciplinare di riferimento  (FIS/03)
Ateneo Università degli Studi di ROMA "La Sapienza" 
Struttura di afferenza Dipartimento di FISICA 
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Orari di ricevimento

Giovedi Ore 15-17 durante periodo didattica frontale. Su appuntamento negli altri periodi


1984 Laurea cum laude in Physics, Università degli Studi di Palermo.
1989 Ph.D. Thesis , Università degli Studi di Palermo
1989-1991 Post-doctoral fellow - Boston University (BU), Center for Polymer Studies, in the
group of prof. H.E. Stanley.
1992 Researcher C.R.S.4, Centro Ricerche, Sviluppo, Studi Superiori in Sardegna, Cagliari
(Group Prof. Clementi).
1992-2003 Visiting Research Associate, Boston University, Center for Polymer Studies (Prof.
H.E. Stanley).
1993-2000 Assistant Professor, Università di Roma La Sapienza.
2001-2004 Associate Professor, Università di Roma La Sapienza.
2005-today Full Professor, Università di Roma La Sapienza.
Research interests:
-Self assembly in colloidal systems and protein solutions, bio-functionalized colloids.
-Aggregation phenomena in colloidal systems, cluster phases and gels.
-Thermodynamics of anomalous liquids, multiple critical points, liquid-liquid transition in water and tetrahedral liquids.
-Glass transition in supercooled liquids. Aging phenomena.
-Percolation and phase transitions in complex fluids.
-Thermodynamics of supercooled liquids. Potential energy landscape formalism.

Publications: I am author of more than 370 publications in international journals. I have coauthored 55 articles which have appeared in Phys. Rev. Lett., 6 which have been published in Nature, three in Nature Materials and two in Nature Physics. Forty six have received more than 100 citations. I have received a total number of citations larger than 20000, of which 1200 during 2017. My ISI-WOS h-index (January 2017) is 70. The complete list of publications is available at
Some Relevant Publications
1 Sciortino F, Geiger A, Stanley H.E. Effect of Defects on molecular mobility in liquid water,
Nature 354 218-221 (1991). Times Cited 247.
2 Poole, P.H., Sciortino F., Essmann U. Stanley H.E., Phase Behavior of metastable water, Nature, 360, 324-328 (1992). Times Cited 1054.
3 Sciortino, F; Gallo, P; Tartaglia, P. and Chen S.H., Supercooled water and the kinetic glass transition, Phys. Rev. E, 54, 6331-6343 (1996). Times Cited 244.
4 Sciortino F, Kob W, Tartaglia P, Inherent structure entropy of supercooled liquids, Phys. Rev. Lett., 83, 3214 (1999). Times Cited: 321
5 Scala A, Starr FW, La Nave E, Sciortino F, Stanley H.E., Configurational entropy and diffusivity of supercooled water Nature 406 166 (2000). Times Cited: 225
6 Saika-Voivod I, Poole P.H, Sciortino F, Fragile-to-strong transition and polyamorphism in the
energy landscape of liquid silica, Nature, 412 514 (2001). Times Cited: 190
7 Sciortino F and Tartaglia P, Extension of the fluctuation-dissipation theorem to the physical aging of a model glass-forming liquid Phys. Rev. Lett. 86 107 (2001). Times Cited: 105
8 La Nave E, Mossa S, Sciortino F, Potential energy landscape equation of state Phys. Rev. Lett. 88, 225701 (2002). Times Cited: 59
9 Sciortino F, Disordered materials - One liquid, two glasses, Nature Materials, News and Views, 1, 145-146 (2002) Times Cited: 130.
10 Sciortino F, Mossa S, Zaccarelli E and Tartaglia P., Equilibrium cluster phases and low-density arrested disordered states: The role of short-range attraction and long-range repulsion Phys. Rev. Lett. 93, 055701 (2004). Times Cited: 205
11 Bianchi E, Largo J, Tartaglia P, Zaccarelli E. and Sciortino F., Phase diagram of patchy colloids:Towards empty liquids Phys. Rev. Lett. 97 168301 (2006). Times Cited: 247
12 Lu, Peter J.; Zaccarelli, E.; Ciulla, F.; Sciortino F. Weitz D. Gelation of particles with short-range attraction, Nature 453 499 (2008). Times Cited: 392.
13 Hsu, C. W.; Largo, J.; Sciortino, F., Starr F., Hierarchies of networked phases induced by multiple liquid-liquid critical points, Proceedings National Academy of Sciences, 105, 13711-13715 (2008). Times Cited: 31.
14 Sciortino, F.; Giacometti, A.; Pastore, G., Phase Diagram of Janus Particles, Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 237801 (2009). Times Cited: 66.
15 Russo, J.; Tavares, J. M.; Teixeira, P. I. C., Telo da Gama M, Sciortino F, Reentrant Phase Diagram of Network Fluids, Phys. Rev. Lett. 106 085703 (2011). Times Cited: 41 .
15 F. Smallenburg and F. Sciortino, Liquids more stable than crystals in particles with limited valence and flexible bonds Nature Physics 9, 554-558 (2013). Times cited: 34
16 F. Smallenburg, L. Filion and F. Sciortino Erasing no-man’s land by thermodynamically stabilizing the liquid-liquid transition in tetrahedral particles Nature Physics doi: 10.1038/nphys3030 (2014). Times cited: 26.
17 S. Biffi, R. Cerbino, F. Bomboi E. M. Paraboschi, R. Asselta, F. Sciortino and T. Bellini Phase behavior and critical activated dynamics of limited-valence DNA nanostars Proceedings National Academy of Science, 110 15633-15637
18 F. Bomboi, F. Romano, M. Leo, J. Fernandez-Castanon, R. Cerbino, T. Bellini, F. Bordi, P. Filetici and F. Sciortino Re-entrant DNA gels, Nat. Commun. 7, 13191 (2016).