• About SNS

    The Scuola Normale Superiore is a public institute for higher education that in its two centuries of life has earned itself a special place, both in Italy and abroad, a place characterised by merit, talent and scientific rigour. Two types of course are available: the undergraduate course and the PhD course.The teaching activity is distributed among four academic structures: the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Sciences, placed in Pisa; the Department of political and social sciences and the Ciampi Institute, located in Florence.  

  • Admission

    The evaluation for entrance to the first year of the undergraduate course does not include the high school leaving certificate, and the bachelor's degree is not taken into consideration in the entrance examination for the fourth year course. For each PhD course, candidates’ level of competence, talent, motivations and aptitudes to scientific research will be assessed on the basis of their qualifications and research project and an interview.

  • Academics

    The Scuola Normale Superiore offers two types of course: the undergraduate course, leading to first and second level university degrees, and the PhD course, the international equivalent of the Italian Dottorato di ricerca.The teaching and research activity is distributed among three academic structures: the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of  Sciences, and the Department of Political and Social Sciences.The first two academic structures, housed at the Pisa site, organize courses for both the  undergraduate course and the PhD course. The Department of Political and Social Sciences, situated in Palazzo Strozzi in Florence, deals only with the PhD course.

  • Research

    A highly qualifying feature of the Normale way is the strong link between teaching and research that is a characteristic of both the undergraduate and the graduate programmes of the Scuola. The research structures of the two Faculties welcome students with a relevant study interest, enabling them to collaborate in a mature way with the activities of the researchers.

  • International

    The Scuola Normale is an institute of a decidedly international nature. Examinations for admission to the undergraduate degree course and for the PhD course are open to all citizens worldwide. A certain number of places on the PhD course are reserved for students from other countries. During the pre laurea and  post lauream teaching courses, study and research programmes are made available at overseas universities and research centres with which the Scuola forms an intense network of collaboration.  The doctorate course in particular is taught in a veritable graduate school in line with the highest international standards. 

Full Professor
Tel. +39 050 509059
fax +39 050 563513

Palazzo della Carovana

Classe di scienze
Piazza dei Cavalieri, 7
56126, PISA

PhD in Physics  in 1990 at the University of Catania. Associate Professor in Catania and later  at Scuola Normaler Superiore, he was appointed Professor in Condensed Matter  theory at International School for Advanced Studies in 2005. He is presently  Professor of Condensed Matter Physics at Scuola Normale Superiore. Over the  years he has been visiting scientist in a number of Institutions including Univ.  J. Fourier (Grenoble), Universitaet Karlsruhe, NTT Basic Research Labs, and  National University of Singapore. Presently co-Editor of EPL and Annalen der  Physik.

[Sept. 1990:] PhD in Physics, University of Catania

[April 1989 - Oct. 1990:] Postdoc - Department of Physics, TU-Delft
[Oct 1990 - Oct 1998:] Assistant Professor, Faculty of Engineering - University of Catania
[Jan. 1995 - Dec. 1995:] Visiting Professor at Institut fuer Theoretische Physik - Karlsruhe
[Spring 1998:] Visiting scientist at CNRS-CRTB (Grenoble)
[Oct. 1998 - 2001] Associate Professor of Condensed Matter Physics, University of Catania
[2000] Visiting Professor at Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa
[Nov. 2003 ] Visiting scientist at NTT Basic research Labs (Atsugi, Japan)
[2001 - 2005] Associate Professor of Condensed Matter Physics, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa
[2005 - 2008] Professor of Condensed Matter Physics, International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA), Trieste
[2008 - ] Professor of Condensed Matter Physics, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa

Further professional activities
- Executive commitee of NEST-CNR-INFM of Scuola Normale Sueriore (Pisa)
- Advisory board Materials Theory Institute (Argonne)
- Co-Editor Europhysics Letters
- Editorial board Annalen der Physik
- Advisory board MECO (Middle European Cooperation in Statistical Physics)

Courses given for undergraduate and graduate students on Semiconductor Physics, Electromagnetism, Mechanics and Thermodynamics, Physics of Nanostructures, Quantum Information, Superconductivity, and Low Temperature Physics.

Research Interests
Quantum information, quantum transport, superconductivity