Andrea Benassi took his PhD in physics and nano-science at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Italy) with prof. Carlo Calandra Buonaura with a thesis on the role of Casimir forces in micro and nano mechanical systems. In the subsequent years he worked in many national research centers in Italy such as the Democritos Simulation Center in Trieste (with prof. Erio Tosatti) and the Statistical Material Modeling Lab. in Milano (with Dr. Stefano Zapperi) studying, numerically and analytically, non-equilibrium phenomena at surfaces and interfaces, e.g. friction and diffusion processes. In 2012 he moved to Zurich in EMPA, a federal laboratory for material science research (with Dr. Daniele Passerone) with a large networking project aimed at designing novel techniques to reduce/control friction and dissipation in micro and nanoscale mechanical devices. In January 2015 he joined the group of Prof. Gianaurelio Cuniberti as independent researcher in Dresden, at present he works on large scale modeling/simulation of non-equilibrium processes at disordered and complex interfaces.