2019 – Sauro Succi
The Berni J. Alder CECAM Prize for 2019 has been awarded to Prof. Sauro Succi, Italian Institute of Technology, Center for Life Nanosciences at La Sapienza in Rome. The award ceremony will take place on September 11 2019 at EPF-Lausanne, Switzerland.
Prof. Sauro Succi is a pioneer of the Lattice-Boltzmann method. In 1989, he was instrumental for the first Lattice-Boltzmann nonlinear flow simulation and, shortly after, for contributing to the highly influential “top-down” interpretation. Following these groundbreaking contributions, he authored a multitude of early fluid-dynamic applications and spearheaded developments which made the approach suitable for modeling flows far from equilibrium, up to inserting the Lattice-Boltzmann method into a multi-scale approach.
Over the decades, he has obtained outstanding results. He has continued to lay out and to consolidate the foundations of the Lattice-Boltzmann method, to open it up to new applications and to extend the approach beyond hydrodynamics into new territories of micro- and nano-fluidics, porous media, soft matter, and electronic transport.
Overall, Sauro Succi has transformed the Lattice-Boltzmann method into an overarching framework for kinetic physical phenomena. In addition, he has been pivotal in building and constantly inspiring a community now counting tens of thousands of researchers in academia and industry, all across chemistry and physics, and reaching into more distant fields such as engineering or biology .