Mario Italo Trioni

Research scientist at CNR-ISTM

Expertise: Theoretical modelling of electronic/magnetic/transport properties of surfaces and nanostructures


Working experience:

Sept 2010 – present           Researcher, CNR-ISTM, Milano, Italy

Jun 2005 – Aug 2010          Researcher, CNR-INFM, c/o Università di Milano-Bicocca, Italy

Mar 2000 – May 2005       Researcher, INFM, c/o Università di Milano-Bicocca, Italy

Jul 1994 – Feb 2000           Research Fellow, at:

03/99-02/00 Dipartimento di Scienza dei Materiali, Università di Milano-Bicocca

09/96-08/98 Dipartimento di Fisica, Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia

08/95-07/96 Consorzio Milano Ricerche

07/94-06/95 INFM, Sede Milano-Bicocca


1994      Ph.D. in Physics, Università degli Studi di Milano

1990      Master degree (it. laurea) in Physics, Università degli Studi di Milano

Scientific interests and research activities:

– Ab initio methods to study electronic properties of surfaces, interfaces, and adsorbates.

– Theoretical study of life-time of quasi-localized and propagating electronic states.

– Ballistic electron transport in nanostructures embedded between semi-infinite leads via non-equilibrium Green function method.

Past scientific interests and research activities:

– Theory and computation of spectroscopic properties of adsorbates.Principal Investigator of PAIS project funded by INFM 2002-2003, investigator of COFIN’03, COFIN’05 projects funded by MIUR.

– Simulation and study of electronic and magnetic properties of overlayers and interfaces. Unit coordinator of IMMAGINA project funded by Fondazione CARIPLO 2009-2010, investigator of COFIN’07 project funded by MIUR.

Synergistic activities: Co-director or Scientific Secretary of a School and 2 Congresses; Contract Professor in the last 11 years at the University of Milano-Bicocca, to give some Physics Classes.

Publications: 70   H-index: 12



1.  C. Motta, G. Fratesi and M.I. Trioni, Conductance calculation of hydrogen molecule junction between Cu electrodes, Phys. Rev. B. 87 (2013) 0754151.

2.  M.I. Trioni, S. Achilli, and E.V. Chulkov, Key ingredients of the alkali atom – metal surface interaction: Chemical bonding versus spectral properties, Prog. Surf. Sci. 88 (2013) 160.

3.  A. Picone, G. Fratesi, G. Riva et al., Self-organized chromium oxide monolayers on Fe(001), Phys. Rev. B 87 (2013) 085403.
4.  R. Gotter, G. Fratesi, R. Bardynski et al., Spin-dependent on-site electron correlations and localization

in itinerant ferromagnets, Phys. Rev. Lett. 109 (2012) 126401.
5.  T. Kondo, S. Casolo, T. Suzuki et al., Atomic-scale characterization of nitrogen-doped graphite: Effects of dopant nitrogen on the local electronic structure of the surrounding carbon atoms, Phys. Rev. B 86 (2012) 035436.
6.  C. Motta, M.I. Trioni, G.P. Brivio and K.L. Sebastian, Conductance of a photochromic molecular switch with graphene leads, Phys. Rev. B. 84 (2011) 113408.

7.  G. Butti, S. Caravati, G.P. Brivio, M.I. Trioni, H. Ishida, Image potential states and electronic structure of Na/Cu(111), Phys. Rev. B 72 (2005) 125402.

8.  G. Butti, M.I. Trioni and H. Ishida, Electronic properties calculation of MgO thin-films adsorbed on semiinfinite Ag(001), Phys. Rev. B 70 (2004) 195425
9.  N. Jean, M.I. Trioni, G.P. Brivio, V. Bortolani, Corrugating and anticorrugating static interaction in Helium-atom scattering from metal surface, Phys. Rev. Lett. 92 (2004) 013201.

10.  G.P. Brivio, M.I. Trioni, The adiabatic molecule-metal surface interaction: theoretical approaches, Rev. Mod. Phys. 71 (1999) 231.