L'objectiu general de les activitats investigadores del Grup és l'estudi de les propietats microscòpiques de líquids i sòlids mitjançant la simulació per ordinador. Aquesta metodologia permet aprofundir en la comprensió dels fonaments de les propietats de la matèria al nivell atòmic. Utilitzem la dinàmica molecular i tècniques de Montecarlo. Les línies de treball actualment en curs es poden agrupar de la manera següent: Dissolucions iòniques: efectes del dissolvent sobre les interaccions entre ions i en els processos de bescanvi iònic. Dinàmica de solvatació. Electròlits, biomolècules en dissolució. Líquids iònics: sals foses. Factors d'estructura. Propietats de transport no electrònic. Influència de la polaritzabilitat induïda dels ions. Líquids moleculars: aigua, alcohols, amides... Influència dels ponts d'hidrogen en l'estructura i les propietats dinàmiques. Polímers. Aigua i alcohols en condicions extremes. Aigua confinada. Compostos organoclorats en fase líquida. Simulació semiquàntica de líquids moleculars. Líquids quàntics: estudi de líquids, gasos i sòlids quàntics a molt baixa temperatura mitjançant mètodes de Montecarlo quàntics. Hidrogen, heli i gasos alcalins en estat condensat de Bose-Einstein. Sistemes homogenis (en tres o menys dimensions) i sistemes inhomogenis (capes, gotes).

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  • Supersolidity in the second layer of para-H2 adsorbed on graphite 

    Gordillo Bargueño, Maria Carmen; Boronat Medico, Jordi (American Physical Society (APS), 2022-03-03)
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    We calculated the phase diagram of the second layer of para-H2 adsorbed on graphite using quantum Monte Carlo methods. The second layer shows an incommensurate triangular crystal structure. By using a symmetric wave function, ...
  • Modeling and simulation of lipid membranes 

    Martí Rabassa, Jordi; Calero, Carles (Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI), 2022-05-25)
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    Cell membranes separate the interior of cells and the exterior environment, providing protection, controlling the passage of substances, and governing the interaction with other biomolecules and signalling processes. They ...
  • Exactly solvable system of one-dimensional trapped bosons with short- and long-range interactions 

    Astrakharchik, Grigori (American Institute of Physics (AIP), 2020-11-25)
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    We introduce a model of trapped bosons with contact interactions as well as Coulomb repulsion or gravitational attraction in one spatial dimension. We find the exact ground-state energy and many-body wave function. The ...
  • Coordination and growth: the Stag Hunt game on evolutionary networks 

    Starnini, Michele; Poncela, Julia; moreno, yamir; sanchez, angel (Institute of Physics (IOP), 2011-05-06)
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    Recently, the study of evolutionary games on networks has attracted great interest, focused mainly on the problem of the emergence of cooperation. A well studied framework for this problem is the Prisoner’s Dilemma game ...
  • The interconnected wealth of nations: Shock propagation on global trade-investment multiplex networks 

    Starnini, Michele; Boguña Espinal, Marian; Serrano, M.Angels (Nature, 2019-09-11)
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    The increasing integration of world economies, which organize in complex multilayer networks of interactions, is one of the critical factors for the global propagation of economic crises. We adopt the network science ...
  • Collective Response to Media Coverage of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Reddit and Wikipedia: Mixed-Methods Analysis 

    Gozzi, Nicolò; Starnini, Michele; Panisson, André; Paolotti, Daniela; Perra, Nicola (JMIR, 2020-10-12)
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    Background: The exposure and consumption of information during epidemic outbreaks may alter people’s risk perception and trigger behavioral changes, which can ultimately affect the evolution of the disease. It is thus of ...
  • Role of oxygen vacancy ordering and channel formation in tuning intercalation pseudocapacitance in Mo single-ion-implanted CeO2–x nanoflakes 

    Zheng, Xiaoran; Mofarah, Sajjad S.; Cen, Alan; Cazorla Silva, Claudio; Haque, Enamul; Chen, Ewing Y.; Atanacio, Armand J.; Manohar, Madhura; Vutukuri, Corey; Abraham, Joel Luke; Koshy, Pramod; Sorrell, Charles C. (2021-12-22)
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    Metal oxide pseudocapacitors are limited by low electrical and ionic conductivities. The present work integrates defect engineering and architectural design to exhibit, for the first time, intercalation pseudocapacitance ...
  • Flocking-enhanced social contagion 

    Levis, Demian; Díaz Guilera, Albert; Pagonabarraga Mora, Ignacio; Starnini, Michele (American Physical Society, 2020-09-01)
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    Background: Emergency Medical Services (EMS) plays a fundamental role in providing good quality healthcare services to citizens, as they are the first responders in distressing situations. Few studies have used available ...
  • Trends and Characteristics of Emergency Medical Services in Italy: A 5-Years Population-Based Registry Analysis 

    Campagna, Sara; Conti, Andrea; Starnini, Michele; Dalmasso Blanch, Marc; Gianino, Maria Michela; Borraccino, Alberto (2020-12-11)
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    Background: Emergency Medical Services (EMS) plays a fundamental role in providing good quality healthcare services to citizens, as they are the first responders in distressing situations. Few studies have used available ...
  • Impact of data accuracy on the evaluation of COVID-19 mitigation policies 

    Starnini, Michele; Aleta, Alberto; Tizzoni, Michele; Moreno, Yamir (Cambridge University Press, 2021-10-28)
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    Evaluating the effectiveness of nonpharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic is crucial to maximize the epidemic containment while minimizing the social and economic impact of these measures. ...
  • Emergence of Polarized Ideological Opinions in Multidimensional Topic Spaces 

    Baumann, Fabian; Lorenz-Spreen, Philipp; Sokolov, Igor M.; Starnini, Michele (2021-01-20)
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    Opinion polarization is on the rise, causing concerns for the openness of public debates. Additionally, extreme opinions on different topics often show significant correlations. The dynamics leading to these polarized ...
  • The echo chamber effect on social media 

    Cinelli, Matteo; De Francisci Morales, Gianmarco; Galeazzi, Alessandro; Quattrociocchi, Walter; Starnini, Michele (2021-02-23)
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    Social media may limit the exposure to diverse perspectives and favor the formation of groups of like-minded users framing and reinforcing a shared narrative, that is, echo chambers. However, the interaction paradigms among ...

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