Giulio Biroli obtained an ERC Starting Grant of 5 years for his project “Non Perturbative Renormalization Group Theory of Glassy Systems”.
Glassy systems are central in several fields from statistical mechanics and soft matter to material sciences and biophysics and they appear even in completely different areas of science such as information theory, computer science, agent-based models and game theory. The aim of this ERC project is to develop a new, possibly groundbreaking, approach to glassy systems based on the non-perturbative renormalization group (NPRG) formalism. I will mainly focus on the problem of the glass transition and the physics of glass-forming liquids. It is likely that the progress we will make in this direction will also be instrumental also for other glassy systems such as spin glasses, quantum glasses and jamming systems.