The Physics Department is very excited to welcome visiting scholar Alberto Baldelli from Italy. Alberto is an Italian student who has come to the United States to work with Dr. Majid Karimi, professor of physics at IUP.
Alberto's work is directed in the study of crack propagation in pure nickel and gold and their interface using molecular dynamics computer simulation. More specifically, he plans to build slabs of Ni, Au, and NiAu interface. Then, he can begin to study crack propagation in these materials using lammps (a parallel molecular dynamics code). Critical strains for the propagation of cracks, in these materials, will be calculated and compared with the available experimental/theoretical results.
Alberto is able to be at Indiana University of Pennsylvania thanks to his Italian advisor, Professor Alberto Salvadori, who arranged the collaboration with Dr. Karimi, an expert in this area. Professor Salvadori often visits the United States each year to advance his own research, and year by year has increased his contacts with like-minded professors, including Dr. Karimi.
When asked, Alberto said, “I am so glad to be here and have the opportunity to get to know a different part of the world, a different way to work and study, to learn new concepts, and introduce myself to the world of research. And for that, I have to thank my advisor, Professor Alberto Salvadori, who gave me this opportunity and Professor Karimi, who has graciously volunteered his time and expertise.”
On behalf of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, the Physics Department extends its joy in having Mr. Baldelli here and wishes him the best of success.