Students and Alumni Awards

National and international prizes


Lorenzo Piroli (PhD 2018)

2020 — INFN “Sergio Fubini” Prize for best thesis

The Prize was established by INFN to celebrate the Italian Physicist Sergio Fubini and his remarkable contribution to Quantum Field Theory and String Theory.


Valentina Ros (PhD 2016)

2019 — Early Career Prize of the Statistical and Nonlinear Physics Division of the European Physical Society

For her outstanding research contributions in quantum and classical disordered systems, explaining new ways in which those systems can break ergodicity and fail to equilibrate, and her investigations of rough, high-dimensional landscapes emerging in this context.


Laura Foini (PhD 2011)

2017 – Early Career Prize of the Statistical and Nonlinear Physics Division of the European Physical Society

For her outstanding research contributions in the field of glassy systems and nonequilibrium dynamics of isolated quantum systems.

SISSA Best thesis in physics


Lorenzo Piroli (PhD 2018)

Supervisor: P. Calabrese
Title: Nonequilibrium Quantum States of Matter

The Ph.D. Thesis of Dr. Lorenzo Piroli testifies an outstanding scientific output, in terms of originality, quality and quantity, in the field of nonequilibrium quantum states of matter, contributing significantly to the understanding of various open issues in the nonequilibrium evolution of one-dimensional quantum systems. Dr. Piroli has published 21 papers in refereed international journals, 12 are first-authored, and 3 have appeared in the prestigious Physical Review Letters. Finally, while working on his Thesis, Dr. Piroli has also autonomously pursued numerous projects within a growing network of international collaborations.


Alessio Chiocchetta Tomelleri (PhD 2016)

Supervisor: A. Gambassi
Title: A study on non-equilibrium dynamics in isolated and open quantum systems

The numerous scientific publications resulting from the PhD thesis of Dr. Chiocchetta are of very high quality and remarkable impact. His work demonstrates his mastering of a variety of sofisticate analytical techniques, used to describe complex physical phenomena occurring in statistical physics.


Alessio Squarcini (PhD 2015)

Supervisor: G. Delfino
Title: Phase Separation and Interfaces — Exact Results

The thesis work of Dr. Squarcini establishes the exact theory of interfaces in planar systems at phase coexistence near criticality, a main topic of statistical physics. The completely original results made the object of a series of publications in the leading journals of the field and open the way to new advances.


Michele Burrello (PhD 2012)

Supervisors: G. Mussardo and A. Trombettoni
Title: Topological quantum computation, anyons and non-abelian gauge potentials

For his outstanding work on non-abelian anyon physics, in particular for implementing a very efficient search algorithm of a single q-bit quantum gate based on braiding properties of the so-called Fibonacci anyons.

Image: Statistical Physics group.