Microstructure and Rheology

Del Gado, Emanuela, Prof. Dr.

Emanuela Del Gado

ETH Zürich
Prof. Dr. Emanuela Del Gado
Institut f. Baustoffe (IfB)
HIF E 14.2
Stefano-Franscini-Platz 3
8093 Zuerich

Phone: +41 44 633 37 44

Current position

Associate Professor, Department of Physics and Institute for Soft Matter Synthesis and Metrology, Georgetown University, Washington DC, USA

July 2010 - June 2015 SNSF Professor at the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering ETH Zürich.
Head of Microstructure and Rheology Group of the Institute for Building Materials.

Selected invited talks

Stress localization, stiffening and yielding in a model colloidal gels
Keynote Lecture, 6th Pacific Rim Conference on Rheology, 20-25 July 2014, Melbourne, Australia

Nanoscale numerical study of C-S-H precipitation and gelation
Keynote Lecture at CONCREEP-9, International Conference on Creep, Shrinkage and Durability Mechanics of Concrete and Concrete Structures, MIT Cambridge -US, 22-25 September 2013.

Soft Matter in Construction
Invited Talk, STATPHYS 25, 25th International Conference on Statistical Physics of the International Union for Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP), Seoul - Korea, 22-26 July 2013.

Heterogeneous glasses and sustainable cement
Invited Talk, International Conference on Complex transport in strongly interacting systems, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, 25-27 July 2012.

Gelation of Brownian and non-Brownian suspensions,
Invited Talk, International Workshop on Flocculated suspensions: from microstructure to macroscopic behavior, Ecole des Ponts-Paris Tech, 28-29 June 2012.

Modeling fresh and hardening cementitious systems,
Seminar, BASF Competence Center Trostberg, 20.09.2011.

From Soft Matter Physics to sustainable cement
Seminar, Saint-Gobain Recherche, 15.06.2011.

Glassy dynamics and solidification of amorphous microstructures
Invited Talk, Kick-off meeting of the International Research Group Multi-scale Materials Under the Nanoscope, MIT (Cambridge, USA), 23-26.03.2011; Micro-mechanics Workshop of the NANOCEM Network, 12.04.2011.

Responsive smart materials from jammed, thick and slow matter
Seminar, Theoretical Chemistry, University of Cambridge, 05.03.2010; Soft Matter Physics, Universitá La Sapienza, Rome (Italy), 30.04.2010; Physics Colloquium, Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf, 21.06.2010; Harvard School of Public Health, Laboratory for Molecular and Integrative Cellular Dynamics, 08.09.2010.

Probing a critical lengthscale at glass transition
Invited Talk, Les Houches Winter School on Physics of Amorphous Solids : Mechanical Properties and Plasticity (France), 14-19.03.2010;
Invited Talk, Topical Session on Glasses Dynamics, Spring Meeting of the German Physical Society, Regensburg (Germany), 21-26.03.2010.

Elasticity of dense arrested colloidal suspensions: homogeneous and heterogeneous glasses
Invited Talk, 17th International Symposium on Metastable, Amorphous and Nanostructured Materials, Zurich 04-09.07.2010.

Conference and School Organization

2013 CECAM Workshop "From cooperativity in supercooled liquids to plasticity of amorphous solids", 26-28 June 2013, ETH Zürich. Co-organizers Patrick Ilg (ETHZ), Asaph Widmer-Cooper (Sidney), Peter Schall (Amsterdam).

2013 CECAM School "Simulating Activated Processes in Physics and Chemistry: Theoretical Foundations", 3-8 February 2013, Lausanne. Co-organizers Giuseppe Foffi (Paris-Orsay), Wanda Andreoni (EPFL).

2012 International Workshop on "Micro-structure, setting and aging of cement: from soft matter physics to sustainable materials", Monte Verità -Ascona, August 2012 ( Co-chair Peter McDonald (University of Surrey), Roland J. Pellenq (CNRS and MIT) and Karen Scrivener (EPFL).

2012 CECAM International Workshop "Aging in Engineering Materials" also funded by CNRS, Lafarge (France), LABEINTecnalia (Spain) and ETH, 06-08 February 2012, ETH Zürich. Co-organizers: Pierre Levitz (Université Pierre et Marie Curie, France), Roland Pellenq (CNRS and MIT), Jorge Dolado (LABEIN-Tecnalia).

2009 - Founder of Swiss Soft Matter Days ( involving 8 academic and industrial research institutions in Switzerland.


2012 Research Profile on AcademiaNet: Profiles of Leading Women Scientists >>

2011 Research Group Profile selected by Engineering Mechanics Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers >>

2010 MIT Research Affiliate, Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering.

2010 SNSF Professor.

2009 Professeur invité ESPCI, France.

Research Grants

2014 Particle formation in dispersion polymerization SNSF Project Grant (200 KCH) with Marco Lattuada (Fribourg) and G. Storti (ETHZ).

2013 Engineering materials with structural and dynamical complexity - SNSF Professorship renewal (548 KCHF)
From cooperativity in supercooled liquids to plasticity of amorphous solids - CECAM Workshop (14 KCHF).

2012 Preserving integrity and functions: a novel biomimetic concept for smart coatings - ETH Grant ETH-24 12-1 (191 KCHF).

2012 Microscopic dynamical processes and soft modes in amorphous solids - SNSF International Visits (8 KCHF)
Aging in engineering Materials > - CECAM Workshop (14 KCHF).

2011 Improved wood materials for structures - SNSF National Research Program on Wood (300 KCHF) with Ingo Burgert.

2011 Micro-structure, setting and aging of cement: from soft matter physics to sustainable materials ETH International Conferences (Centro Stefano Franscini) (28 KCHF) with Peter McDonald, Roland Pellenq and Karen Scrivener.

2010 Design the Response of Heterogeneous Materials: A Revolution at the Nano-scale - SNSF Professorship grant (1,5 MCHF)


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