Emanuela Del Gado


Emanuela Del Gado

Associate Professor

426 Regents Hall
Telephone: (202) 687-1489
E-mail: ed610@georgetown.edu


Emanuela Del Gado is a theoretical physicist working on engineering motivated problems. She uses statistical mechanics and computational physics to investigate materials with structural and dynamical complexity, from model amorphous solids, gels and glasses, to new green formulations of cement.

Prof. Del Gado received her undergraduate degree (Laurea in Physics, cum laude) at the University of Naples "Federico II" in Italy, where she also obtained a PhD in Physics in 2001. She has been a Marie Curie Fellow at the University of Montpellier II in France and a post-doctoral researcher at ETH Zurich in Switzerland, and hold visiting positions at ESPCI (France) and MIT. Before joining Georgetown University, Emanuela was the Swiss National Science Foundation professor in the Department of Civil Environmental and Geomatic Engineering at ETH Zurich.

Current Research

Statistical mechanics and computational physics; structure, cooperative dynamics and nonlinear mechanics of amorphous solids, gels and glasses; nanoscale structure and mechanics of cement gels; self-assembly of nanoparticles and fibrils at liquid interfaces; biomimetic coatings and mechanics of tissues.


  • M. Bouzid, J. Colombo, L. Vieira Barbosa and E. Del Gado, Elastically driven, intermittent microscopic dynamics in soft solids, submitted 2016, https://arxiv.org/abs/1605.09447 
  • V. Vasisht, S. Dutta, E. Del Gado and D. Blair, Making soft solids flow: microscopic bursts and conga lines in jammed emulsions, preprint 2016, http://arxiv.org/abs/1608.02206
  • K. Ioannidou, E. Del Gado, F.-J. Ulm and R.J.-M. Pellenq, Inhomogeneity in cement hydrates, linking local packing to local stresses, submitted 2016
  • K. Schwenke. S. Jordens, I. Usov, R. Mezzenga and E. Del Gado, Stretching and ordering of amyloid fibrils at liquid interfaces, preprint 2016


Selected Publications

  1. K. Ioannidou, M. Kanduc, L. Li, D. Frenkel, J. Dobnikar and E. Del Gado,  The crucial effect of early-stage gelation on the mechanical properties of cement hydrates , Nature Communications 7, 12106 (2016)
  2. K. Ioannidou, K.J. Krakowiak, M. Bauchy, C.G. Hoover, E. Masoero, S. Yip, F.-J. Ulm, P. Levitz, R.J.-M. Pellenq and E. Del Gado,   The mesoscale texture of cement hydrates , PNAS 113, 2029 (2016)
  3. S. Jordens, K. Schwenke, I. Usov, E. Del Gado and R. Mezzenga, Nematic field transfer in a two-dimensional assembly of protein fibrils, Soft Matter 12, 1830 (2016) 
  4. T. Xie, S. Song, K. Schwenke, M. Singh, L. E. Gonzales, E. Del Gado and J. I. Hahm, Low-Index ZnO Crystal Plane-Specific Binding Behavior of Whole Immunoglobulin G Proteins, Langmuir 31, 10493 (2015)
  5. K. Schwenke and E. Del Gado, Soft repulsive interactions, particle rearrangements and size selection in the self-assembly of nanoparticles at liquid interfaces, Faraday Discussions 181, 261 (2015)
  6. J. Colombo and E. Del Gado Stress localization, stiffening and yielding in a model colloidal gel, Journal of Rheology 58, 1089 (2014) Invited paper - Special Issue on Rheology of colloidal gels
  7. K. Schwenke, L. Isa and E. Del Gado Assembly of nanoparticles at liquid interfaces: crowding and ordering, Langmuir DOI: 10.1021/la404254n (2014)
  8. M. Mosayebi, P. Ilg, A. Widmer-Cooper and E. Del Gado Soft modes and non-affine rearrangements in the inherent structures of supercooled liquids, Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 105503 (2014)
  9. K. Ioannidou, R.J.-M. Pellenq and E. Del Gado Controlling local packing and growth in calcium-silicate-hydrate gels, Soft Matter 10, 1121 (2014)
  10. J. Colombo, A. Widmer-Cooper and E. Del Gado Microscopic Picture of Cooperative Processes in Restructuring Gel Networks, Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 198301 (2013)
  11. T. Gibaud, A. Zaccone, E. Del Gado, V. Trappe and P. Schurtenberger Unexpected decoupling of stretching and bending modes in protein gels, Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 058303 (2013)
  12. E. Masoero, E. Del Gado, R.J. Pellenq, F.-J. Ulm and S. Yip Nanostructure and Nanomechanics of Cement: Polydisperse Colloidal Packing, Phys. Rev. Lett. 109, 155503 (2012)
  13. L. Isa, E. Amstad, K. Schwenke, E. Del Gado, P. Ilg, M. Kroeger and E. Reimhult, Adsorption of core-shell nanoparticles at liquid-liquid interfaces, Soft Matter 7, 7663 (2011)
  14. A. Zaccone, D. Gentili, H. Wu, M. Morbidelli and E. Del Gado, Shear-driven solidification of dilute colloidal suspensions, Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 138301 (2011).
  15. M. Mosayebi, E. Del Gado, P. Ilg and H.C. Öttinger, Probing a critical length scale at the glass transition, Phys. Rev. Lett. 104, 205704 (2010) - PRL cover and Editor's suggestion.
  16. A. Zaccone, H. Wu and E. Del Gado, Elasticity of arrested short-ranged attractive colloids: homogeneous and heterogeneous glasses, Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 208301 (2009)
  17. E. Del Gado and W. Kob, Length-Scale-Dependent Relaxation in Colloidal Gels , Phys. Rev. Lett. 98, 028303 (2007)
  18. A. de Candia, E. Del Gado, A. Fierro, N. Sator, M. Tarzia and A. Coniglio, Columnar and lamellar phases in attractive colloidal systems, Phys. Rev. E 74, 010403(R) (2006)
  19. E. Del Gado, A. Fierro, L. de Arcangelis and A. Coniglio, Slow dynamics in gelation phenomena: From chemical gels to colloidal glasses, Phys. Rev. E 69, 051103 (2004).