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Inauguration of Jump, 16/02/2004

Guido Germano

Fachbereich Chemie und WZMW, Philipps-Universität Marburg, 35032 Marburg, Germany

Office telephone +49-6421-28 25735, mobile +49-170-8090109, Skype guido.germano

name.surname@uni-marburg.de (due to expire some time after the end of my work contract)

name.surname@uni-bonn.de (life-long email as alumnus)


Work and education

2013- Senior Lecturer, Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Engineering, University College London.
2002-2013 Head of Computer Simulation Group, Physical/Theoretical Chemistry, Philipps-Universität Marburg: Hochschuldozent (C2) until 2007, then Juniorprofessor (W1), interim associate professor (W2) in 2009; member of Scientific Centre for Materials Research (WZMW). Visiting scientist at Università del Piemonte Orientale Amedeo Avogadro, Novara / Politecnico di Milano, 2009-2012, and at Scuola Normale Superiore Pisa, 2012-2013.
2000-2002 Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter with Prof. F. Schmid, Condensed Matter Theory Group, Theoretical Physics, Universität Bielefeld.
1998-2000 Postdoctoral research assistant with Prof. M. P. Allen, Molecular Simulation Group, Theoretical Physics, University of Bristol; tutor at Wills Hall of Residence. 3 months visiting Prof. K. Kremer, MPI für Polymerforschung, and Prof. K. Binder, Physics Institute, in Mainz.
1995-1998 PhD in computational chemistry, Università di Pisa (Prof. C. A. Veracini) and UCSF (Prof. P. A. Kollman); also at ICQEM-CNR (Dr. C. Ghio), Scuola Normale Superiore/INFM-FORUM (Prof. M. Tosi), and SIT. In 1996 Esame di Stato (Italian board certification as a chartered chemist).
1994-1995 Wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft with Prof. D. Sondermann, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn.
1994 Laurea in chemistry, Università di Pisa, specialising in theoretical physical chemistry, with a thesis on solid-state NMR supervised by Prof. C. A. Veracini and done in the group of Prof. H. W. Spiess at the MPI für Polymerforschung in Mainz.



Computational statistical mechanics, theory of soft condensed matter and complex systems: 1) classical molecular dynamics and Monte Carlo computer simulation applied to the statistical mechanics of fluids, especially mesophases with coarse-grained molecular models based on angular-dependent potentials for rigid bodies, performed on massively parallel architectures, and including the development of algorithms, code, force field parameters as well as OpenGL-based molecular graphics; 2) phenomenological modelling of standard and anomalous diffusion with stochastic processes, stochastic differential equations, parabolic partial differential equations (Fokker-Planck), integral equations, continuous-time random walks, fractional calculus, and path integrals. Other keywords: molecular modelling, computer simulation of liquids and liquid crystals, transport properties, non-equilibrium thermodynamics, agent-based models, time series analysis, econophysics, scientific computing.



33 papers, which received more than 400 citations until March 2014 according to ISI (33-56 per year in 2008-2013, i10-index = 12, h-index = 11, last 7 years h-index = 8, contemporary h-index = 9), 4 submitted manuscripts and 6 other publications. The papers appeared in the ISI/Scopus-listed journals Phys. Rev. E (6), J. Chem. Phys. (3), Comput. Phys. Commun., Eur. Phys. J. B, Mol. Cryst. Liq. Cryst. (2 each), Commun. Nonlin. Sci. Numer. Simul., Inorg. Chim. Acta, J. Am. Chem. Soc., J. Chem. Theory Comput., J. Phys. Chem. A, Macromol. Symp., Mol. Phys., Physica A, Theor. Chem. Acc. (1 each), in other reviewed international journals and in edited books (8). 51 invited talks at conferences, graduate schools and seminars, 40 contributed talks and 70 posters (a talk given in German in 2006 is available in video).


Editorial and conference boards

Editor for PLoS ONE (since 2011; impact factor = 4.092), ISRN Computational Mathematics (2011-2014), ISRN Probability and Statistics (2013-2014), International Scholarly Research Notices (since 2014, when the two previous journals were merged into this one). Program or organising committees of 4 workshops.



95 manuscripts (10-20 per year since 2008) for Phys. Rev. E (20), Phys. Rev. Lett. (14), J. Comput. Chem. (10), Physica A (5), PLoS ONE (5), J. Chem. Phys. (4), Adv. Complex Syst. (3),  Quant. Finance (3), EconomicsJ. Econ. Interac. Coord., Phys. Lett. A (2 each), Bound. Value Probl., Commun. Nonlin. Sci. Numer. Simul., Comput. Phys. Commun., Eur. Phys. J. B, Int. J. Mol. Sci., J. Mol. Model., J. Phys.: Condes. Matter, Numer. Algorithms, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., Phys. Rev. B., Rev. Mod. Phys., Soft Mater. (1 each). Research grant applications for the Greek Ministry of Education, the Santa Fe Institute, the Czech Science Foundation, the Wellcome Trust, and others; graduate student scholarship applications for the Fonds der Chemischen Industrie, the ETH Zürich, etc.; undergraduate student scholarships applications for the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes.



Mathematics 1-3 for Chemists (11 terms), Advanced Computer Laboratory for Physical Chemists (12 terms), Theoretical Chemistry 1 (Introduction to Molecular Quantum Mechanics, 6 terms) and 3 (Density Functional Theory, 1 term), Statistical Thermodynamics, Introduction to Physical Chemistry (2 terms each), Introduction to Programming with Matlab (at Università del Piemonte Orientale), Theoretical Methods in Biological Chemistry, Computational Biophysics, Analytical Mechanics, Statistical Mechanics (1 term each, the latter 3 as assistant or deputy at the Faculty of Physics, Universität Bielefeld). Supervision of 3 postdocs, 4 PhD students, 2 guest PhD students, 1 guest MSc student, 1 BSc student and 1 Diplom student. Member of examination panels for 1 Habilitation, 8 PhD, 1 BSc and 2 Diplom at the Department of Chemistry, University of Marburg; 1 PhD at the Department of Physics, University of Milan; 1 MSc at the Department of Chemistry, University of Khartoum.


Awards and grants

MGMS conference award (1997), EniChem laurea prize (1993), Solvay Orizzonti study award (1993), etc. 39 grants from British Council, CECAM, CINECA, CNR, DAAD, DFG, ESF, EU, Gouvernement de France, MPG, MURST, NIC, nVIDIA, Regione Piemonte, SCI, Università di Pisa, etc.



At the University of Marburg: Board of Directors, Scientific Centre for Materials Research (2003-2013); Projektgruppe Audit Familiengerechte Hochschule (2010-2012); budget and library committees, Department of Chemistry (2009-2010); Board of Directors, Institute of Physical Chemistry (2003-2005; in 2005 the Institute merged with the Department of Chemistry).



European Physical Society; Institute of Physics, London (Chartered Physicist and Corporate Member); Deutscher Hoschulverband; Deutsche Gesellschaft Juniorprofessur; Alumni-Netzwerk der Rheinischen Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn; Italian doctoral students association ADI (co-founder in 1996, president 1997-1998, auditor 1998-2007; ADI co-founded Eurodoc in 2002); etc.


Erdös number and academic genealogy (i.e., name dropping)

According to AMS MathSciNet my collaboration distance to Paul Erdös is 4. The AMS Mathematics Genealogy Project shows that the line of my supervisor C. A. Veracini goes back to Bernard Bolzano and beyond. Notable side lines are the Fermi tree (which is not surprising, since I studied in Pisa) and the Boltzmann tree; they are connected through F. Rossetti, who studied in Vienna from 1854 to 1857. The Fermi tree includes 13 Nobel prizes, while the Boltzmann tree includes E. Mach, J. Stefan, J. Loschmidt, M. Smoluchowski, L. Meitner, P. EhrenfestH. A. KramersH. CasimirG. UhlenbeckJ. Tinbergen and T. Koopmans. The line of my external supervisor P. A. Kollman, who graduated in Princeton, includes MIT physicist J. C. Slater and Harvard physicist and Nobel prize winner P. W. Bridgman. However, I cannot compete with my father: his line does not contain Nobel laureates, but goes back to Hegel, Schelling, Fichte, Kant, Leibniz, Copernicus, Pacioli and Regiomontanus.


Guido Germano in front of Jump, 20/08/2004 

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