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Quantum Field Theory for Electronic Dynamics in Open Biomolecular Systems

In this project we investigate the non-equilibrium quantum dynamics of electronic excitations propagating across open soft-condensed matter systems. Notable applications concern the study of exciton energy transfer in photosynthetic protein-chromophore complexes or the design of advanced material for applications to solar cells.
To this goal, we develop bottom-up cross-disciplinary approaches based on advanced theoretical physics methods such as non-equilibrium quantum field theory and renormalization group- based effective field theory. These analytic techniques are interfaced them with electronic structure calculations to provide predictions for realistic systems.


  • Elia Schneider , Silvio a Beccara, Fabio Mascherpa and Pietro Faccioli. Quantum propagation of Electronic Excitations in Macromolecules: A Computationally Efficient Multiscale Approach Phys. Rev. B 94, 014306 (2016)
  • Elia Schneider and Pietro Faccioli. Long-Distance Quantum Transport Dynamics in Macromolecules. Phys. Rev. B 89, 134305 (2014)
  • Elia Schneider, Silvio a Beccara and Pietro Faccioli, Dissipative Quantum Transport in Macromolecules: An Eective Field Theory Approach. Phys. Rev. B 88, 085428 (2013)
  • Lorenzo Boninsegna and Pietro Faccioli. Quantum Charge Transport and Conformational Dynamics of Macromolecules, J. Chem. Phys. 136 214111 (2012).