Federico Bianchini

Principal Engineer - Centre for bioinformatics
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Visiting address ex-NEMKO Building Gaustadalléen 30D 0373 Oslo

I am a principal engineer at the Centre for Bioinformatics at the University of Oslo. My current activity revolves around FAIR data and best practices in data management.

I am part of ELIXIR Norway, the national node of ELIXIR, the European infrastructure supporting research in the Life Sciences and its translation to medicine, environment, bioindustries and society. In the context of ELIXIR Norway, I am involved in several activities related to:

  • FAIR data: implementation and competence building
  • ELIXIR Helpdesk: support for data management and data management plans
  • Human health and precision medicine: data support and management

I am a data management coordinator in BioMedData, the Norwegian infrastructure promoting best practices in data management lead by ELIXIR Norway and connecting various domains in the Life Sciences. I am an admin of the Norwegian instance of the Data Stewardship Wizard (DSW) and provide training and support for this service. 

I participate to ELIXIR CONVERGE, a project funded by the European commission to support standardisation in data management practices across Europe. I am involved in activities related to:

  • Training and capacity building in data stewardship.
  • Development of a data management toolkit.

In this context, I participate to the continuous development of the RDMkit as a member of its editorial board. 

I am part of the ELIXIR Interoperability platform, where I am one of the representatives of FAIRtracks, the ecosystem for FAIR handling of genomic tracks data which was recently awarded the status of "recommended interoperability resource" by ELIXIR Europe.

Scientific Background

I have a solid background in condensed matter physics, developed during my bachelor's and master's at the University of Trieste, and further expanded during my PhD at King's College London with concepts closely related to materials science. 

My former projects include the investigation of the atomistic mechanism of graphene growth on metallic surfaces (work which was initiated during my MSc) and the characterisation of the mechanical properties of Ni-based alloys (PhD project). Within the first project, density functional theory (DFT) calculations, augmented with semi-empirical van der Waals corrections, are employed to obtain accurate adsorption configuration. This work includes the calculation of a number of transition barriers using the nudged elastic band (NEB) method to characterise the growth mechanism of graphene and to understand the role of hydrogen on experimentally relevant adsorption geometries. In the latter project, DFT is coupled to a classical interatomic potential to perform QM/MM simulations of dislocation glide in Ni-based alloys.

During my postdoc at the University of Oslo, I carried out investigations of possible battery materials for novel lithium/sodium-based applications. This study involved the calculation of the electronic and structural properties of a variety of materials, as well as the characterisation of ionic diffusivity.

Tags: FAIR Data, Research Data Management


  • Schuler, Raphael; Bianchini, Federico; Norby, Truls Eivind & Fjellvåg, Helmer (2021). Near-Broken-Gap Alignment between FeWO4 and Fe2WO6 for Ohmic Direct p–n Junction Thermoelectrics. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. ISSN 1944-8244. 13(6), p. 7416–7422. doi: 10.1021/acsami.0c19341.
  • Li, Xinyu; Bianchini, Federico; Wind, Julia; Vajeeston, Ponniah; Wragg, David & Fjellvåg, Helmer (2019). P2 Type Layered Solid-State Electrolyte Na2Zn2TeO6: Crystal Structure and Stacking Faults . Journal of the Electrochemical Society. ISSN 0013-4651. 166(15), p. A3830–A3837. doi: 10.1149/2.1231915jes.
  • Bianchini, Federico; Glielmo, Aldo; Kermode, James & De Vita, Alessandro (2019). Enabling QM-accurate simulation of dislocation motion in γ−Ni and α−Fe using a hybrid multiscale approach. PHYSICAL REVIEW MATERIALS. ISSN 2475-9953. 3(4). doi: 10.1103/PhysRevMaterials.3.043605.
  • Vajeeston, Ponniah; Bianchini, Federico & Fjellvåg, Helmer (2019). First-Principles Study of the Structural Stability and Dynamic Properties of Li2MSiO4 (M = Mn, Co, Ni) Polymorphs . Energies. ISSN 1996-1073. 12(224), p. 1–24. doi: 10.3390/en12020224. Full text in Research Archive
  • Bianchini, Federico; Fjellvåg, Helmer & Vajeeston, Ponniah (2019). Nonhexagonal Na Sublattice Reconstruction in the Super-Ionic Conductor Na2Zn2TeO6: Insights from Ab Initio Molecular Dynamics . Journal of Physical Chemistry C. ISSN 1932-7447. 123(8), p. 4654–4663. doi: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.8b10362.
  • Yacov, Finkelstein; Raymond, Moreh; Bianchini, Federico & Vajeeston, Ponniah (2019). Anisotropy of the proton kinetic energy in ice Ih. Surface Science. ISSN 0039-6028. 679, p. 174–179. doi: 10.1016/j.susc.2018.09.010. Full text in Research Archive
  • Bianchini, Federico; Fjellvåg, Helmer & Vajeeston, Ponniah (2018). A first-principles investigation of the Li difusion mechanism in the super-ionic conductor lithium orthothioborate Li3BS3 structure. Materials Letters. ISSN 0167-577X. 219, p. 186–189. doi: 10.1016/j.matlet.2018.02.083. Full text in Research Archive
  • Rasukkannu, Murugesan; Velauthapillai, Dhayalan; Bianchini, Federico & Vajeeston, Ponniah (2018). Properties of novel non-silicon materials for photovoltaic applications: A first-principle insight. Materials. ISSN 1996-1944. 11:2006(10), p. 1–17. doi: 10.3390/ma11102006. Full text in Research Archive
  • Bianchini, Federico; Fjellvåg, Helmer & Vajeeston, Ponniah (2018). A first-principle study of NaMPO4(M = Mn, Fe, Co, Ni) possible novelstructures as cathode materials for sodium-ion batteries: Structural andelectrochemical characterisation. Materials Chemistry and Physics. ISSN 0254-0584. 219, p. 212–221. doi: 10.1016/j.matchemphys.2018.08.007. Full text in Research Archive
  • Patera, Laerte L.; Bianchini, Federico; Africh, Cristina; Dri, Carlo; Soldano, German & Mariscal, Marcelo M. [Show all 8 contributors for this article] (2018). Real-time imaging of adatom-promoted graphene growth on nickel. Science. ISSN 0036-8075. 359(6381), p. 1243–1246. doi: 10.1126/science.aan8782.
  • Bianchini, Federico; Fjellvåg, Helmer & Vajeeston, Ponniah (2018). A first principle comparative study of the ionic diffusivity in LiAlO2 and NaAlO2 polymorphs for solid-state battery applications. Physical Chemistry, Chemical Physics - PCCP. ISSN 1463-9076. 20(15), p. 9824–9832. doi: 10.1039/c8cp00715b.
  • Bianchini, Federico; Fjellvåg, Helmer & Vajeeston, Ponniah (2017). First-principles study of the structural stability and electrochemical properties of Na2MSiO4 (M = Mn, Fe, Co and Ni) polymorphs. Physical Chemistry, Chemical Physics - PCCP. ISSN 1463-9076. 19(22), p. 14462–14470. doi: 10.1039/c7cp01395g. Full text in Research Archive

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  • Stangeland, Elin; Soligard, Lars; Thomassen, Gard O Sundby; Bianchini, Federico & Bösl, Korbinian (2020). Data Management Planning workshop for Life Science Projects.

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Published Dec. 12, 2016 8:08 AM - Last modified July 15, 2022 3:46 PM