Faculty of Physics and Astronomy

Prof. Dr Marialore Sulpizi

Prof. Dr Marialore Sulpizi

Theoretical physics of electrified liquid-solid interfaces


My research aims to understand the structure, dynamics and reactivity of solid-liquid interfaces using a multiscale approach that includes ab initio and atomistic molecular dynamics simulations.

Our group pays special attention to electrified interfaces. Knowledge of the molecular structure of water and electrolyte solutions in the vicinity of a charged substrate is a prerequisite for the fundamental understanding of natural phenomena, such as transport and signal transmission at biomembranes, but also key to the further development of energy conversion and storage devices, such as in photocatalysis for water splitting.

Furthermore, both natural interfaces of biological and geophysical interest and interfaces in technical devices operate under non-equilibrium conditions.

Therefore, the focus of my research is on the simulation of the transport, separation and transformation of charge and mass at the nanoscale that take place at electrified solid-liquid interfaces.

My research work is also part of the interdisciplinary cluster of excellence RESOLV, which aims to clarify how the solvent is involved in the control and regulation of chemical reactions.

The person


1997 Laurea (M.Sc.) in Theoretical Physics, University of Rome, "La Sapienza", Italy
2001 PhD in Condensed Matter Theory, SISSA (International School for Advanced Studies), Trieste, Italy

Professional career

2001 - 2004 Postdoctoral researcher with Prof. U. Rothlisberger. Lab. Computational Chemistry and Biochemistry, EPFL and ETHZ, Switzerland.
2005 - 2010 Postdoctoral researcher with Prof. M. Sprik. Chemistry, University of Cambridge
2010 - 2017 Junior Professor for Condensed Matter Theory at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
2017- 2021 Adjunct Professor for Condensed Matter Theory, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
from 2022

Professor for Theoretical Physics of Electrified Solid/Liquid Interfaces and RESOLV

Photo: RUB, Marquard.

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