Emanuela Del Gado

Emanuela Del Gado


Director of the Institute for Soft Matter Synthesis and Metrology 

426 Regents Hall
Telephone: (202) 687-1489
E-mail: ed610@georgetown.edu
Website: http://delgadolab.georgetown.domains/

Emanuela 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 was a Marie Curie Fellow at the University of Montpellier in France and a post-doctoral researcher at ETH Zurich in Switzerland, and held visiting positions at ESPCI Paris and MIT. Before joining Georgetown University as Associate Professor with tenure in 2014, Emanuela was a Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering at ETH Zurich. In 2016 and 2018 she was awarded a Chair Joliot and a Paris Science Chair at ESPCI Paris. In 2017 she became Georgetown University Provost’s Distinguished Associate Professor and was MIT – CEE C.C. MEI Distinguished Speaker. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry since 2018 and was elected Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2020.

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.

Selected Publications

  • A. Goyal, K. Ioannidou, C. Tiede, P. Levitz, R. J.-M. Pellenq and E. Del Gado, Heterogeneous Surface Growth and Gelation of Cement HydratesJ. Phys. Chem. C 124, 15500 (2020)
  • V.V. Vasisht, G. Roberts and E. Del Gado, Emergence and persistence of flow inhomogeneities in the yielding and fluidization of dense soft solids, Phys. Rev. E 102, 010604(R) (2020)
  • S. Zhang, L. Zhang, M. Bouzid, D. Z. Rocklin, E. Del Gado and X. Mao, Correlated rigidity percolation and colloidal gelsPhys. Rev. Lett. 123, 058001 (2019)
  • M. Bouzid, B. Keshavarz, M Geri, T Divoux, E Del Gado and G McKinley, Computing the linear viscoelastic properties of soft gels using an optimally windowed chirp protocolJournal of Rheology 62, 1037 (2018).
  • M. Bouzid and E. Del Gado, Network topology in soft gels: hardening and softening materialsLangmuir 34, 773 (2018).
  • V.V. Vasisht, S.K. Dutta, E. Del Gado, D.L. Blair, Rate Dependence of Elementary Rearrangements and Spatiotemporal Correlations in the 3D Flow of Soft SolidsPhys. Rev. Lett. 120, 018001 (2018).
  • C. Hardin, J. Chattoraj, G. Manomohan, J. Colombo, T. Nguyen, D. Tambe, J.J. Fredberg, K. Birukov, J.P. Butler, E. Del Gado, R. Krishnan, Long-range stress transmission guides endothelial gap formationBiochem Biophy Res Commun 495, 749 (2018).
  • X. T, J. Chattoraj, P.J. Mulcahey, N. P. Kelleher, E. Del Gado, J.I. Hahm, Revealing the principal attributes of protein adsorption on block copolymer surfaces with direct experimental evidence at the single protein levelNanoscale 10, 9063 (2018 ).
  • M. Bouzid, J. Colombo, L. Vieira Barbosa, E. Del Gado, Elastically driven intermittent microscopic dynamics in soft solidsNature Comm 8, 15846 (2017).
  • 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, Mesoscale texture of cement hydratesPNAS 113, 2029 (2016) .
  • 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 hydratesNature Comm. 7, 12106 (2016).
  • M. Mosayebi, P. Ilg, A. Widmer-Cooper, and E. Del Gado, Soft Modes and Nonaffine Rearrangements in the Inherent Structures of Supercooled LiquidsPhys. Rev. Lett. 112, 105503 (2014)
  • J. Colombo and E. Del Gado, Stress localization, stiffening, and yielding in a model colloidal gelJournal of Rheology 58, 1089 (2014)
  • K. Ioannidou, R. J. M. Pellenq, and E. Del Gado, Controlling local packing and growth in calcium-silicate- hydrate gelsSoft Matter 10, 1121 (2014)
  • K. Schwenke, L. Isa, and E. Del Gado, Assembly of Nanoparticles at Liquid Interfaces: Crowding and OrderingLangmuir 30, 3069 (2014) .
  • K. Schwenke, L. Isa, D. L. Cheung, and E. Del Gado, Conformations and Effective Interactions of Polymer-Coated Nanoparticles at Liquid InterfacesLangmuir 30, 12578 (2014).
  • J. Colombo, A. Widmer-Cooper, and E. Del Gado, Microscopic Picture of Cooperative Processes in Restructuring Gel NetworksPhys. Rev. Lett. 110, 198301 (2013)