Publications from the Statistical Mechanics group


T. Skrbic, A. Giacometti, T.X. Hoang, A. Maritan, and J.R. Banavar Geometrical framework for thinking about globular proteins: Turns in proteins

Proteins 92, 1-18 (2024)



T. Skrbic, A. Giacometti, T.X. Hoang, A. Maritan, and J.R. Banavar

A Tale of Two Chains: Geometries of a Chain Model and Protein Native State Structures

Polymers 16 502 (2024)



G. Tsekenis, G. Cimini, M. Kalafatis, A. Giacometti, T. Gilli, and G. Caldarelli

Network topology mapping of Chemical Compounds Space

Scientific Report 14, 5266  (2024)




Can Life Exist Without Water? A Data Driven Approach

Cortesi, A. (eds) Space Data Management. Studies in Big Data, vol 141. Springer, Singapore.


L.Tubiana, G.P.Alexander, A.Barbensi, D.Buck, J.H.E.Cartwright, M. Chwastyk, M.Cieplak, I. Coluzza, S. Copar, D.J.Craik, M.DiStefano, R.Everaers, P.F.N.Faisca, F. Ferrari, A. Giacometti, D.Goundaroulis, E. Haglund, Y.M.Hou, N. Ilieva, S.E.Jackson, A. Japaridze, N. Kaplan, A.R. Klotz, H. Li, C.N.Likos, E.Locatelli, T. Lopez-Leon,T. Machon, C. Micheletti, D. Micheletto, A. Niemi, W. Niemyska, S. Niewieczerzal, F. Nitti, E. Orlandini, S. Pasquali, A.P.Pierlinska, R. Podgornik, R. Potestio, N.M. Pugno, M. Ravnik, R.Ricca, C.M.Rohwer, A.Rosa, J.Smrek, A. Souslov, A.Stasiak, D. Steer, J. Sulkowska, P. Sulkowski, D.W.L.Sumners, C. Svanoborg, P.Szymczak, T. Tarenzi, R.Travasso, P.Virnau, D.Vlassopulos, P.Ziheri, S.Zumer

Topology in soft and biological matter

Physics Report 1075 1-137 (2024)



S. Francini, G. Chirici, L. Chiesi, P. Costa, G. Caldarelli, S. Mancuso
Global spatial assessment of potential for new peri-urban forests to combat climate change   
Nature Cities
  1, 286–294 (2024)

R. Mastrandrea, G. Antuofermo, M. Ovadek, T. Y.-C. Yeung, A. Dyevre and G. Caldarelli
Coalitions in international litigation: a network perspective  
Phylosophical  Transaction A Royal Society (2024).

P. Villegas, T. Gili, G. Caldarelli, A. Gabrielli
Evidence of scale-free clusters of vegetation in tropical rainforests  
Physical Review E 109, L042402 (2024).


C.J. Dongmo, A. Giacometti

Solvent quality and solvent polarity in polypeptides

Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 25 4839-4853 (2023)



J.R. Banavar, A. Giacometti, T.X.Hoang, A. Maritan and T.Skrbic

A geometrical framework for thinking about proteins

Proteins 91 1-15 (2023)

doi: 10.1002/prot.26567


T. Skrbic, A. Giacometti, T.X. Hoang, A. Maritan, and J.R. Banavar

Geometrical framework for thinking about globular proteins: the power of pocking

Proteins 91 1-16 (2023)



L. Dal Compare, F. Romano, J.A.Wood, A. Widmer-Cooper, and A. Giacometti

Janus helices:  From fully attractive to hard helices

J. Chem. Phys. 159 174905-1 174905-16 (2023)



A. Spano’, L. Fanton, D. Pizzolato, J. Moi, F. Vinci, A. Pesce, C.J.Dongmo, A. Giacometti, and M. Simeoni

RINmaker: a fast, versatile and reliable tool to determine residue interaction networks in proteins

BMC Bioinformatics 24 336 (2023)



D. Marcato, A. Giacometti, A. Maritan, A. Rosa

Phase behavior of semiflexible lattice polymers in poor-solvent solutions:  mean-field theory and Monte Carlo simulations

J. Chem. Phys. 159, 154901-1/154901-17 (2023)



M. Mannone, V. Seidita, A. Chella, A. Giacometti, and P. Fazio

Energy and SNR-Award Robotic Swarm Coordination for Aquatic Cleaning Operation

IEEE 97th Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC2023-Spring), Florence, Italy 1-7 (2023)


G Ricciardi, G Montagna, G Caldarelli, G Cimini
Dimensional reduction of solvency contagion dynamics on financial networks
Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications
630, 129287 (2023).

M Hu, G Caldarelli, T Gili
Inflammatory bowel disease biomarkers revealed by the human gut microbiome network
Scientific Reports
13, 19428 (2023).

L Klinčić, V Zlatić, G Caldarelli, H Štefančić
Systemic risk measured by systems resiliency to initial shocks
Physical Review E
108, 044303 (2023).

G. Caldarelli, E. Arcaute, M. Barthelemy, M. Batty, C. Gershenson, D. Helbing, S. Mancuso, Y. Moreno,
J. J. Ramasco, C. Rozenblat, A. Sánchez & J. L. Fernández-Villacañas
The role of complexity for Digital Twins of Cities
Nature Computational Science
3, 374–381 (2023).

P. Villegas Gongora, T. Gili, G. Caldarelli, A. Gabrielli,
Laplacian Renormalization group for heterogeneous networks
Nature Physics
19 445-450 (2023).

G. Fischetti, N. Schmid, S. Bruderer, G. Caldarelli, A. Scarso, A. Henrici, D. Wilhelm
Automatic Classification of signal regions in 1H Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectra
Frontiers Artificial Intelligence
5, 1116416 (2023).


G. Moro, C.J. Dongmo Foumthuim, M. Spinaci, E. Martini, D. Cimino, E. Baliana, P. Liberzeit, F. Romano, A. Giacometti, R. Campos, K. De Wael and L.M. Moretto

How perfluoroalkyl substances modify fluorinated self-assembled monolayer architectures: an electrochemical and computational study Analytical Chimica Acta 1204, 339740 (2022)


T. Skrbic, T.X. Hoang, A. Giacometti, A. Maritan, J.R. Banavar

Proteins — a celebration of consilience

International Journal of Modern Physics B 35 2140051-1/2140051-15 (2022)

doi: 10.1142/S0217979221400518


Y. Liu, J. Wood, A. Giacometti, A. Widmer-Cooper

The thermodynamic origin of chiral twist in monolayer assemblies of rod-like colloids

Nanoscale 14, 16837-16844 (2022)

doi: 1039/d2nr05230j


P. Villegas Gongora, A. Gabrielli, F. Santucci, G. Caldarelli, T. Gili
 Laplacian paths in complex networks: Information core emerges from entropic transitions  
Physical Review Research
033196 (2022).

M.Mattei, M. Pratelli, G. Caldarelli, M. Petrocchi, F. Saracco
Bow-tie structures of twitter discursive communities  
Sci. Rep.
12, 12944 (2022).

P. Villegas Gongora, T. Gili, A. Gabrielli, G. Caldarelli
Characterising spatial point processes by percolation transition
 J. Stat. Mech.
073202 (2022).

P. Auconi, T. Gili, S. Capuani, M. Saccucci, G. Caldarelli, A. Polimeni, G. Di Carlo
The validity of Machine learning procedures in Orthodontics: what is still missing?
 J. Pers. Med.
  12, 957 (2022).

E. Marchese, G. Caldarelli, T. Squartini 
Detecting mesoscale structures by surprise 
Communications Physics
 5,  132(2022).

V. Macchiati, G. Brandi, G. Cimini, G. Caldarelli, D. Paolotti, T. Di Matteo
Systemic liquidity contagion in the European interbank market
Journal of Economic Interaction and Coordination
 17, 443–474 (2022).


T. Skrbic, A. Maritan, A. Giacometti, and J.R. Banavar

Local sequence-structure relationship in proteins

Protein Science 30 818-829 (2021)


J.T. Lopes, F. Romano, E. Grelet, L.F.M. Franco, and A. Giacometti

Phase behaviour of hard cylinders

J. Chem. Phys. 154, 104902-1/104902-12 (2021)


T. Skrbic, T.X. Hoang,  A. Giacometti, A. Maritan and J.R. Banavar

Marginally compact phase and ordered ground states in a model polymer with side spheres

Physical Review E  104 L012501-1/L012501-7 (2021)



T. Skrbic, T.X. Hoang,  A. Giacometti, A. Maritan and J.R. Banavar

Spontaneous dimensional reduction and novel ground state degeneracy in a simple chain model

Physical Review E 104 L012101-1/L012101-7 (2021)

doi: 10.1103/PhysRevE.104.L012102


T. Skrbic, A. Maritan,  A. Giacometti, G. Rose and J.R. Banavar

Building blocks of protein structures: Physics meets Biology

Physical Review E 104 014402-1/014402-7 (2021)

doi: 10.1103/PhysRevE.104.014402


Z. Zhou, M. Serafino, L. Cohan, G. Caldarelli, H. Makse 
Why polls fail to predict elections
Journal of Big Data 8, 137 (2021).

T. Gili, G. Di Carlo, S. Capuani, P. Auconi, G. Caldarelli, A. Polimeni
Complexity and data mining in dental research: a network medicine perspective on interceptive orthodontics 
 Orthodontics and Craniofacials Resarch 24, 16-25 (2021).

P. Villegas, T. Gili, G. Caldarelli
Emergent spatial patterns of coexistence in species-rich plant communities 
PRE, 104, 034305 (2021).

M. Mattei, G. Caldarelli, T. Squartini, F. Saracco
Italian Twitter semantic network during the Covid-19 epidemic
 EPJ DATA 10, 47 (2021).

R. Mastrandrea, F. Piras, A. Gabrielli, G. Caldarelli, G. Spalletta, T. Gili
The unbalanced reorganization of weaker functional connections induces the altered brain network topology in schizophrenia 
Scientific Reports 11, 15400 (2021).

A. Patuelli, F. Saracco, N. Lattanzi, G. Caldarelli
Firms’ Challenges and Social Responsibilities during Covid-19: a Twitter Analysis
 PLOS One 16, e0254748 (2021). 

G. Caldarelli, R. de Nicola, M. Petrocchi, M. Pratesi, F. Saracco
Flow of online misinformation during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemics in Italy 
EPJ DATA 10, 34 (2021).

M. Bardoscia, P. Barucca, S. Battiston, F. Caccioli, G. Cimini, D. Garlaschelli, F. Saracco, T. Squartini, G. Caldarelli
Physics of Financial Networks,
Nature Reviews Physics 3, 490-507 (2021).

G. Di Carlo, T. Gili, G. Caldarelli, A. Polimeni, P. Cattaneo
A community detection analysis of malocclusion classes from orthodontics and upper airway data 
 Orthodontics and Craniofacial Research (2021).

S.M. Krause, H. Štefančić, V. Zlatić, G. Caldarelli
Controlling systemic risk – network structures that minimize it and node properties to calculate it 
PRE 103, 042304 (2021).

G. Benelli, E. Buscarini, C. Canetta, G. La Piana, G. Merli, A. Scartabellati, G. Viganò, R. Sfogliarini, G. Melilli, R. Assandri, D. Cazzato, D. S. Rossi, S. Usai, G. Caldarelli, I. Tramacere, G. Pellegata, G. P. Lauria
SARS-CoV-2 comorbidity network and outcome in hospitalised patients in Crema Italy
PLOS One, 16, e0248498 (2021).

M. Serafino, G. Cimini, A. Maritan, S. Suweis, J. R. Banavar, A. Rinaldo, G. Caldarelli
True scale-free networks hidden by finite-size effects 
 PNAS 118, e2013825118 (2021).

A. Facchini, R Mele, G. Caldarelli. 
The Urban Metabolism of Lima: Perspectives and Policy Indications for GHG Emission Reduction
Frontiers in Sustainable Cities 2, 40 (2021).  


D. Boso, T. Braga, S. Ravasini, T. Skrbic, A. Puglisi, O. Pinato, A. Chillon, M.C. Frare, and A. Giacometti

An integrated DEM-FEM approach to study breakage in packing of glass cartridges on a conveyor belt

Granular Matter 22 1-16 (2020)


M. Carrer, T. Skrbic, S.L. Bore, G. Milano, M. Cascella, and A. Giacometti

Can polarity-inverted surfactants self-assemble in nonpolar solvents?

J. Phys. Chem. B 124, 6448-6458 (2020)


C.J. Dongmo, M. Carrer, M. Houvet, T. Skrbic, G. Graziano, and A. Giacometti

Can the roles of polar and non-polar moieties be reversed in non-polar solvents?

Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 22, 25848-25858 (2020)


A. Toffano, G. Chiarot, S. Zamuner, M. Marchi, E. Salvi,  S.G. Waxman, C.G. Faber, G. Lauria, A. Giacometti, and M. Simeoni

Computational pipeline to probe NaV1.7 gain-of-function variants in neurophatic painful syndromes

Scientific Report 10, 17390 (2020)


P. Vernocchi, T. Gili, F. Conte, F Del Chierico, G. Conta, A. Miccheli, A Botticelli, P. Paci, G. Caldarelli, M. Nuti, P. Marchetti, L Putignani 
Network Analysis of Gut Microbiome and Metabolome to Discover Microbiota-Linked Biomarkers in Patients affected by non-small cell lung cancer 
International J. of Molecular Sciences, 21, 8730 (2020).

D. Delpini, S. Battiston, G. Caldarelli, M. Riccaboni
Portfolio diversification, differentiation and the robustness of holding Networks
  Applied Network Science5 37 (2020).

P. Barucca, M. Bardoscia,  M. D’Errico, G. Visentin, G. Caldarelli, S. Battiston
Network valuation in Financial Systems
Mathematical Finance
30 1181-1204 (2020).

M. Bruno, F. Saracco, D. Garlaschelli, C.J. Tessone, G. Caldarelli 
The ambiguity of nestedness under soft and hard constraints
Scientific Reports 10, 19903 (2020).

G. Caldarelli
Perspective on Complexity and Networks Science  
J. Phys. Complex. 1 021001 (2020).

G. Caldarelli, R. De Nicola, F. Del Vigna, M. Petrocchi, F. Saracco
The role of bot squads in the political propaganda on Twitter
Communication Physics 3, 81 (2020).

G. Andrienko, N. Andrienko, C. Boldrini, G. Caldarelli, P. Cintia, S. Cresci, A. Facchini, F. Giannotti, A. Gionis, R. Guidotti, M. Mathioudakis, C. I. Muntean, L. Pappalardo, D. Pedreschi, E. Pournaras, F. Pratesi, M. Tesconi, R. Trasarti
(So) Big Data and the transformation of the city
 International Journal of Data Science and Analytics (2020).

G. Caldarelli,
Review to the “Introduction of the Theory of Complex Systems”
Journal of Complex Networks 5, (2020)