Research Fellow

Prof.Dr. Piero Nicolini

Research Area: Theoretical Physics
Focuses: Astrophysics, Gravitation, Nuclear Physics

Research Group


Office: 3|12 (GSC)
Phone: +49 69 798 47505


Piero Nicolini began his scientific career at the University of Trieste, where he graduated in 1997. In 2002 he received his doctorate in theoretical physics from the University of Bologna. In the last years he obtained five professorship qualifications in the field of theoretical physics and astrophysics, in Germany as well as in Italy. Piero Nicolini has been a Research Fellow at FIAS since 2015. In October 2016 he was awarded the Carl Wilhelm Fück Prize of the Frankfurter Förderverein für physikalische Grundlagenforschung for his outstanding activity in fundamental physics. In January 2018, he became a professor at the Goethe University.

Nicolini has successfully conducted research activity in disparate areas. He published papers in string inspired dilaton gravity models as well as plasma physics, quantum hydrodynamics, cosmology, neutrino oscillations, and fractal properties of a quantum spacetime. He is, however, best known for having first proposed noncommutative geometry as a tool for studying evaporating black holes beyond the semiclassical limit.



2015 - today Research Fellow

2010 - 2015 Research Assistant

Further organisations

2009 - 2013 Research Assistant at Goethe University Frankfurt
2013 - 2018 Assistant Professor
2018 - today Apl. professor
2012 - today Editor of the journal Advances in High Energy Physics, Hindawi PC
2016 - today Representative of Germany in the Management Committee of the COST CANTATA - Cosmology and Astrophysics Network for Theoretical Advances and Training Actions


  • Prize for the best publication "Fuzziness at the horizon" Phys.Lett. B692, 32-35 (2010),  Principal's Research Day Awards Ceremony at the University of West Indies, Mona, Jamaica (2011) 
  • Carl Wilhelm Fück Prize of the Frankfurter Förderverein für physikalische Grundlagenforschung (2016)
  • Sentinels of Science Award, Publons (2016)
  • Reviewer #1 in the world in the fields: Astrophysics, General Theory of
    Relativity and Gravitational Waves, Quantum Field Theory, Quantum Gravity, Black Holes and Particle Physics, Publons (2017)
  • Global Peer Review Award, Publons (2018)