Daria Galimberti obtained her PhD in 2016 at Politecnico di Milano (Italy) with Prof Chiara Castiglioni. Between 2016 and 2019, she was a post-doctoral researcher with Prof Marie-Pierre Gaigeot at the Université d’Evry val d’Essonne (France). In 2019 Daria was awarded by a Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers. With this fellowship, from September 2019 to October 2020 she was a member of the quantum chemistry group of Prof. Joachim Sauer at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Institut für Chemie (Germany). Since November 2020, she has begun a tenure track assistant professor position at the Institute for Molecules and Materials, Radboud University, Nijmegen (The Netherlands).
Daria is an expert in the use of DFT-based molecular dynamics simulations (DFT-MD) for the investigation of structural and vibrational properties of materials in all states of matter (i.e. gas, solid, and condensed molecular phase). Her current research interests include the development of methods to compute accurate free energies of chemical reactions on surfaces by DFT-MD simulations; the modelling of the structure and the vibrational spectra of gas phase molecules, solid phase systems, and complex inhomogeneous solid/liquid interfaces; the development of new tools for vibrational spectroscopy (IR, Raman, SFG). The aim is to understand the molecular reasons behind the catalytic role of these interfaces in many natural and industrial processes on a molecular level.