Department of Physics, James Franck Institute, and the College
Vincenzo Vitelli, a condensed matter theorist, studies the properties of soft materials with a special emphasis on geometrical and topological aspects of their theoretical description. His work encompasses investigations of liquid crystals, granular media and glasses, polymers, active matter, and, more recently, mechanical metamaterials analogous to electronic topological insulators. His work is often motivated or carried out in collaboration with experimental colleagues.
He has held invited professorships at the École Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles de la Ville de Paris and the École Normal Supérieure de Paris. He was a Feinberg Foundation Fellow at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel. Vitelli received a Vidi grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research and the Herbert B. Callen Memorial Prize for “his insightful work on the interplay between geometry and superfluid order,” bestowed by the University of Pennsylvania.
Vitelli received a BSc in theoretical physics (first class honours) from Imperial College London and a PhD in physics from Harvard University, after which he completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. Most recently, he was a professor and chair of condensed matter theory at the Instituut-Lorentz for Theoretical Physics, Leiden University, The Netherlands.