Born in 1981 in Cremona, Italy, Riccardo Sabatini got his B.S. in Physics at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Brescia, Italy.
After an internship at the Max-Planck-Institut in Göttingen (Germany), he worked for two years as an entrepreneur with private and public companies, developing two patents on high-tech devices.
In 2006 he started his M.S. in Theoretical Physics at University of Trieste, which he completed “summa cum laude” in 2008. In 2012 he then got his Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics at SISSA.
Riccardo’s research is focused on new material discovery based on numerical modeling at the atomistic scale, a work developed between Switzerland (EPFL) and Italy (SISSA).
As an entrepreneur he is the Co-Director at the Master in Complex Actions, a business school oriented to young scientists.
He also serves as scientific advisor and co-founder of The HUB Trieste, a startup accelerator focused on sustainable and highly innovative business ideas; co-director of the Quantum ESPRESSO Foundation, a no-profit activity supporting young researchers around the globe; Chief Research Scientist for Enerlife, a young startup working on new technologies for energy optimization and trading.
In order to fullfill his duties for the Open Source ecosystem, he is also an active developer of the Quantum ESPRESSO project, an open-source code for electronic-structure calculations and materials modeling at the nanoscale.
In the past he won the 2009 StartCUP FVG competition for the most innovative start-up idea and he organized TEDxTrieste.
More recently, he’s been the project manager of FoodCAST, a national research project focus on building quantitative forecasting technologies on commodities markets.