Mazzarello Group


Riccardo Mazzarello


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Welcome to the homepage of the group of Prof. Mazzarello

We investigate the properties of materials which are not only of
fundamental interest, but also have promising applications in the field
of nanoelectronics. For this purpose, we use state-of-the-art
computational methods based on density functional theory. Our research
interests include phase-change materials, graphene nanostructures,
topological insulators and self-assembled monolayers of organic molecules.


Prof. Dr. Riccardo Mazzarello, principal investigator

Dr. Ider Ronneberger, PostDoc

M.Sc. Farideh Hajiheidari, graduate student

M.Sc. Mathias Schumacher, graduate student

M.Sc. Peter Schmitz, graduate student

Former members of our work group:


For a list of courses and lectures given by Riccardo Mazzarello visit our page on courses and lectures. In the past semesters, courses considered the following topics:

  • Theoretical Physics III: Quantum Mechanics
  • Theoretical Solid State Physics
  • Advanced Theoretical Solid State Physics
  • Density Functional Theory
  • Electronic Structure Theory
  • Theory of Disordered Systems

Research Interests

Chalcogenide Phase-Change Materials


Self-Assembled Monolayers of Thiols on Au(111)

Ballistic Conductance and Magnetism in Heavy Metal Nanowires

Magnetism of Fe Wires formed on Ir(100)

Spin-Orbit Splitting of Surface States of Au (111)

First-Principle Study of Vacancies, Self-Interstitials and Kr Impurities in HCP Titanium

Past Research Interests

Funding in collaborative projects

Current Funding:

  • SFB 917 “Resistively Switching Chalcogenides for Future Electronics - Structure, Kinetics, and Device Scalability”, 2011-2019
  • DFG Research Grant “Experimental and theoretical studies of phase-change Ge-Sb-Te alloys in the liquid state”, 2013-2017

Past Funding:

  • JARA-FIT Seed Fund “Defects in graphene quantum dots”, 2014-2016
  • JARA-FIT Seed Fund “Large-scale density-functional-theory study of localization of donor electrons in phosphorus-doped silicon”, 2013-2014
  • DAAD grant for a Ph. D. position on first-principles simulations of phase-change materials, 2011-2014