Alessio Zaccone

Rudolf Mößbauer Tenure Track

University of Cambridge

Theory of Soft Matter

Focus Group
Theory of Soft Matter

Short CV

Alessio Zaccone studied at Politecnico di Torino and completed his MSc thesis at Technische Universität Berlin. After obtaining a PhD in chemical physics at ETH Zurich (Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences), he worked as a post-doctoral researcher and as an Oppenheimer Research Fellow in physics at the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge.

Selected Awards

  • 2014, Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) Professorship 
  • 2011, Oppenheimer Fellowship 
  • 2010, Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship 
  • 2010, Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) post-doctoral Fellowship
  • ETH Medal Award for outstanding PhD thesis

Research Interests

The research of Alessio Zaccone aims to understand the relationship between molecular interactions and the dynamical collective behavior of condensed matter systems, including macroscopic properties. Modern methods of theoretical physics are used, backed by computer simulations, to obtain insights into the mechanical response, the morphology and the phase transition behaviour of disordered atomic and molecular solids (e.g. metallic glasses, amorphous polymers etc.), colloidal suspensions and other complex fluids, and biomolecular self-assembling systems.

Selected Publications

  • Zaccone, Alessio; Terentjev, Eugene M.: Disorder-Assisted Melting and the Glass Transition in Amorphous Solids. Phys. Rev. Lett. 110 (17), 2013.
  • Di Michele, L.; Zaccone, A.; Eiser, E.: Analytical theory of polymer-network-mediated interaction between colloidal particles. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 109 (26), 2012, 10187-10192.
  • Zaccone, Alessio; Crassous, Jerome J.; Béri, Benjamin; Ballauff, Matthias: Quantifying the Reversible Association of Thermosensitive Nanoparticles. Phys. Rev. Lett. 107 (16), 2011.
  • Zaccone, Alessio; Scossa-Romano, Enzo: Approximate analytical description of the nonaffine response of amorphous solids. Phys. Rev. B 83 (18), 2011.

Publications as TUM-IAS-Fellow


  • Koutsourelakis, P.S.; Zabaras, N.; Girolami, M.: Special Issue: Big data and predictive computational modeling. Journal of Computational Physics 321, 2016, 1252-1254 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )
  • Kyriakos, Konstantinos; Philipp, Martine; Lin, Che-Hung; Dyakonova, Margarita; Vishnevetskaya, Natalya; Grillo, Isabelle; Zaccone, Alessio; Miasnikova, Anna; Laschewsky, André; Müller-Buschbaum, Peter; Papadakis, Christine M.: Quantifying the Interactions in the Aggregation of Thermoresponsive Polymers: The Effect of Cononsolvency. Macromolecular Rapid Communications 37 (5), 2016, 420-425 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )
  • Schlegel, M.; Brujic, J.; Terentjev, E. M.; Zaccone, A.: Local structure controls the nonaffine shear and bulk moduli of disordered solids. Scientific Reports 6 (1), 2016 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )


  • Denisov, Dmitry V.; Dang, Minh Triet; Struth, Bernd; Zaccone, Alessio; Wegdam, Gerard H.; Schall, P.: Sharp symmetry-change marks the mechanical failure transition of glasses. Scientific Reports 5 (1), 2015 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )
  • Gu, Sasa; Kaiser, Julian; Marzun, Galina; Ott, Andreas; Lu, Yan; Ballauff, Matthias; Zaccone, Alessio; Barcikowski, Stephan; Wagener, Philipp: Ligand-free Gold Nanoparticles as a Reference Material for Kinetic Modelling of Catalytic Reduction of 4-Nitrophenol. Catalysis Letters 145 (5), 2015, 1105-1112 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )
  • Krausser, Johannes; Samwer, Konrad H.; Zaccone, Alessio: Interatomic repulsion softness directly controls the fragility of supercooled metallic melts. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112 (45), 2015, 13762-13767 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )
  • Mermet-Guyennet, M.R.B.; Gianfelice de Castro, J.; Varol, H.S.; Habibi, M.; Hosseinkhani, B.; Martzel, N.; Sprik, R.; Denn, M.M.; Zaccone, A.; Parekh, S.H.; Bonn, D.: Size-dependent reinforcement of composite rubbers. Polymer 73, 2015, 170-173 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )
  • Zaccone, A.; Terentjev, I.; Di Michele, L.; Terentjev, E. M.: Fragmentation and depolymerization of non-covalently bonded filaments. The Journal of Chemical Physics 142 (11), 2015, 114905 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )
  • van der Linden, Marte; Conchúir, Breanndán O.; Spigone, Elisabetta; Niranjan, Arun; Zaccone, Alessio; Cicuta, Pietro: Microscopic Origin of the Hofmeister Effect in Gelation Kinetics of Colloidal Silica. The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 6 (15), 2015, 2881-2887 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )


  • Gu, Sasa; Wunder, Stefanie; Lu, Yan; Ballauff, Matthias; Fenger, Robert; Rademann, Klaus; Jaquet, Baptiste; Zaccone, Alessio: Kinetic Analysis of the Catalytic Reduction of 4-Nitrophenol by Metallic Nanoparticles. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 118 (32), 2014, 18618-18625 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )
  • Zaccone, A.; Schall, P.; Terentjev, E. M.: Microscopic origin of nonlinear nonaffine deformation in bulk metallic glasses. Physical Review B 90 (14), 2014 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )
  • Zaccone, A.; Winter, H. H.; Siebenbürger, M.; Ballauff, M.: Linking self-assembly, rheology, and gel transition in attractive colloids. Journal of Rheology 58 (5), 2014, 1219-1244 more… BibTeX Full text ( DOI )