Piero Nicolini

Visiting Associate Professor of Physics Affiliation: Visiting
Education: Laurea University of Trieste; Diploma University of Trieste; PhD University of Bologna; Habilitation Goethe University Frankfurt

Research Websites: Center for Astro, Particle and Planetary Physics

Research Areas: Classical and Quantum Gravity; Black holes; Cosmology; Theoretical Particle Physics


Piero Nicolini is a theoretical physicist of fundamental interactions. His research interests focus on classical and quantum gravity, black holes, cosmology, particle physics, and mathematical modeling.

He graduated in Physics at the University of Trieste and obtained his PhD from the University of Bologna. He spent postdoctoral appointments at the Centre for Theoretical Physics, Marseille, the University of Trieste, and the Polytechnic University of Turin. In 2009 he moved to the Goethe University Frankfurt where he became a professor in 2018.

During his career, Nicolini faced a variety of research problems. He published papers in string-inspired dilaton gravity models, plasma physics, quantum field theory effects in atomic systems, cosmology, neutrino oscillations, and fractal properties of quantum spacetime. He is, however, best known for having first proposed noncommutative geometry as a tool for studying the Hawking's black hole radiation beyond the semiclassical limit.

For his scientific achievement, he has been inducted in the list of the top 2 percent of the world's scientists for citation impact and has been the recipient of an array of research grants and awards, including the Carl-Wilhelm-Fück Prize from the Society for Research in Fundamental Physics, Frankfurt, Germany,

He is currently working as the editor of the book titled Touring the Planck scale, Antonio Aurilia Memorial Volume, and is focusing his research activity on the spontaneous dimensional reduction and, more in general, on phenomena one expects to have taken place in the early Universe soon after the Big Bang.

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