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Davide Sangiovanni

Associate Professor, Docent

I am associate professor and docent. My research aims at understanding electronic mechanisms and atomistic phenomena that control the mechanical properties, phase transformations, and surface reactivity of metals and ceramics.


My research activities – based on calculations and simulations on supercomputers – include:

  • (i) Bottom-up design of refractory ceramic alloys and superlattices that retain high mechanical strength, hardness, and toughness from room to elevated (> 1000 ºC) temperatures.
  • (ii) Gaining atomistic and electronic-scale knowledge of gas/surface reactions and mass transport on bulk and 2D materials for applications in crystal growth, catalysis, and oxidation-resistant coatings
  • (iii) Determination of thermodynamic and kinetic conditions for phase transformation and phase segregation in alloys.
  • (iv) Development of theoretical methods and models for evaluation of material properties at conditions of relevance for practical uses.


I am also responsible for the Computational Physics course (4th year students), as well as assistant/lecturer in other undergraduate courses.




Mohammad Zarshenas, Davide Sangiovanni, Kostas Sarakinos (2024) Diffusion and magnetization of metal adatoms on single-layer molybdenum disulfide at elevated temperatures Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology. A. Vacuum, Surfaces, and Films, Vol. 42, Article 023409 Continue to DOI


Zhuo Chen, Yong Huang, Nikola Koutná, Zecui Gao, Davide G. Sangiovanni, Simon Fellner, Georg Haberfehlner, Shengli Jin, Paul H. Mayrhofer, Gerald Kothleitner, Zaoli Zhang (2023) Large mechanical properties enhancement in ceramics through vacancy-mediated unit cell disturbance Nature Communications, Vol. 14 Continue to DOI
Davide Sangiovanni, Kevin Kaufmann, Kenneth Vecchio (2023) Valence electron concentration as key parameter to control the fracture resistance of refractory high-entropy carbides Science Advances, Vol. 9, Article eadi2960 Continue to DOI
Erik Ekström, Simon Hurand, Arnaud Le Febvrier, Anna Elsukova, Per O A Persson, Biplab Paul, Fredrik Eriksson, Geetu Sharma, Oleksandr Voznyy, Davide Sangiovanni, Ganpati Ramanath, Per Eklund (2023) Microstructure control and property switching in stress-free van der Waals epitaxial VO2 films on mica Materials & design, Vol. 229, Article 111864 Continue to DOI
Janella Salamania, Katherine Calamba Kwick, Davide Giuseppe Sangiovanni, Ferenc Tasnadi, Igor A. Abrikosov, Lina Rogström, Lars Johnson, Magnus Odén (2023) High-resolution STEM investigation of the role of dislocations during decomposition of Ti1-xAlxNy Scripta Materialia, Vol. 229, Article 115366 Continue to DOI