Stefano Curtarolo

Curtarolo

Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

RESEARCH FIELDS

  • Nanoscale Science of Energy
  • Computational materials science
  • Nanotube growth characterization
  • Alloy theory
  • Superlubricity on quasicrystals
  • Superconductivity in Metal borides
  • Genetic Approaches to QM Predictions of Materials Structures
  • Materials for Nuclear Detection

The research is multidisciplinary and makes use of state of the art techniques from fields like materials science, chemistry, physics, quantum mechanics, mathematics and computer science.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
  • Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Professor in the Department of Physics
  • Faculty Network Member of The Energy Initiative

Contact Information

  • Office Location: 144 Hudson Hall, Box 90300, Durham, NC 27708
  • Office Phone: (919) 660-5506
  • Email Address:
  • Websites:

Education

  • Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2003
  • M.S. Pennsylvania State University, 1999
  • M.S. University of Padua (Italy), 1995

Research Interests

Nanoscale science of energy, computational materials science, nanotube growth characterization, alloy theory, superlubricity on quasicrystals, superconductivity in metal borides, genetic approaches to QM predictions of materials structures, materials for nuclear detection. His multidisciplinary research that makes use of state-of-the-art techniques from fields like materials science, chemistry, physics, quantum mechanics, mathematics and computer science.

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • Distinguished Visiting Professorship. Max-Plank Society, Fritz-Haber Instittue, Berlin. 2018
  • Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award. Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation. 2016
  • DOD-MURI Award, The Science of Entropy Stabilized Ultra-High Temperature Materials. Duke University, NCSU, UCSD, UVA. 2015
  • DOD-MURI Award, Topological decompositions and spectral sampling algorithms for elements substitution in critical technologies. Duke University, UMD, UNT, CMU, BYU. 2013
  • Fellow. American Physical Society. 2013
  • Stansell Distinguished Research Award. Duke University. 2013
  • Best Paper Award. CALPHAD (Computer Coupling of Phase Diagrams and Thermochemistry). 2008
  • MRS Silver Medal Graduate Student Award. Materials Research Society. 2008
  • NSF Early CAREER Award. National Science Foundation. 2008
  • ONR Young Investigator Program Award. Office of Naval Research. 2008
  • Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program. National Science Foundation. 2007
  • Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers. President of the United States of America. 2007

Courses Taught

  • ME 555: Advanced Topics in Mechanical Engineering

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Kaufmann, K; Maryanovsky, D; Mellor, WM; Zhu, C; Rosengarten, AS; Harrington, TJ; Oses, C; Toher, C; Curtarolo, S; Vecchio, KS, Discovery of high-entropy ceramics via machine learning, Npj Computational Materials, vol 6 no. 1 (2020) [10.1038/s41524-020-0317-6] [abs].
  • Muratov, EN; Bajorath, J; Sheridan, RP; Tetko, IV; Filimonov, D; Poroikov, V; Oprea, TI; Baskin, II; Varnek, A; Roitberg, A; Isayev, O; Curtarolo, S; Fourches, D; Cohen, Y; Aspuru-Guzik, A; Winkler, DA; Agrafiotis, D; Cherkasov, A; Tropsha, A, Correction: QSAR without borders., Chem. Soc. Rev., vol 49 no. 11 (2020) [10.1039/d0cs90041a] [abs].
  • Liyanage, LSI; Sławińska, J; Gopal, P; Curtarolo, S; Fornari, M; Buongiorno Nardelli, M, High-Throughput Computational Search for Half-Metallic Oxides., Molecules (Basel, Switzerland), vol 25 no. 9 (2020) [10.3390/molecules25092010] [abs].
  • Oses, C; Toher, C; Curtarolo, S, High-entropy ceramics, Nature Reviews Materials, vol 5 no. 4 (2020), pp. 295-309 [10.1038/s41578-019-0170-8] [abs].
  • Calzolari, A; Pavan, B; Curtarolo, S; Buongiorno Nardelli, M; Fornari, M, Vibrational spectral fingerprinting for chemical recognition of biominerals., Chemphyschem : a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry, vol 21 no. 8 (2020), pp. 770-778 [10.1002/cphc.202000016] [abs].