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Gian Paolo Brivio

Gian Paolo Brivio

We sadly learned that Gian Paolo Brivio passed away. Gian Paolo was a professor for many years at our Department and then at the Materials Science Department of Milan-Bicocca maintaining a continuous collaboration over time. We remember him as a friend, as a colleague, and some of us also as a teacher and advisor.

Gian Paolo graduated in Physics with honors, at the University of Milan in 1973, with Giorgio Benedek. After a period of postdoc with T.B. Grimley at the University of Liverpool (UK) he returned to UNIMI as a research fellow, and then professor of physics. He has been associate professor in Structure of Matter since 1986, first at UNIMI then in Milan-Bicocca, where he held the position of full professor from 2000 to 2018.

His research has focused on theoretical problems in surface and materials science, treating both by modelling the dynamical ones (sticking, scattering, desorption) and more recently by density functional theory more realistic adsorption descriptions. In the last two decades he investigated magnetic effects in the interaction of molecules with graphene, and adsorption of organic molecules on solids, focusing on spectroscopic properties, excited states and their lifetimes. He has presented the results of his research activity as contributions and invited papers at international conferences or as seminars at various institutions in Europe, USA, Canada, China and Japan (more than 130 times). They consist of about 120 papers on international peer reviewed journals including a Reviews of Modern Physics on the adiabatic molecule-metal surface interaction.

He acknowledged the importance of international scientific collaborations. After his postdoc at Liverpool, he visited the Freie Universität, Berlin (Germany), the Department of Chemistry of the University of Munich (Germany), the Max-Planck Institut für Strömungsforschung in Göttingen, (Germany), the Department of Physics of the University of Alberta (Edmonton, Canada), the Department of Chemistry of the University of Princeton (NJ-USA). It was among his main concerns to look after the scientific education of young scientists and the development of their career. For this reason in 2006 he founded the European doctoral network in Physics and Chemistry of Advanced Materials (PCAM) which fosters education in materials science of doctoral motivated students. Now PCAM includes 15 Universities of nine countries and promotes European programs and interchange of students among European Universities. Since 2015 he has been Adjunct Professor at the University Southern Denmark.

Those who worked closely with him remember him as an enthusiastic man of broad interests and culture. A colleague with whom it was a pleasure to deal with, a kind, respectful man with a deep sense of justice. Able to stimulate critical sense and independence in students, he enjoyed their successes even more than his own. Profoundly curious, he has strikingly devoted extreme passion to physics and teaching to the last.

Wish you leave a message in his memory, you can visit this link: https://tinyurl.com/remembering-gian-paolo-brivio

Brivio's group at Milano-Bicocca

(Gian Paolo with his group at the University of Milano-Bicocca)

25 May 2020
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