Stefano Curtarolo


Faculty Network Member of Energy Initiative and Director of the Center for Materials Genomics

144 Hudson Hall, Durham, NC 27708
Campus Box: 
(919) 660-5310


Guiding the experimental discovery of magnesium alloys
Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics (2011)

Gas-surface interactions on quasicrystals
Israel Journal of Chemistry (2011)

Revealing low-temperature atomic ordering in bulk Co-Pt with the high-throughput ab-initio method
Applied Physics Letters (2011)

Ordered phases in ruthenium binary alloys from high-throughput first-principles calculations
Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics (2011)

Ordered magnesium-lithium alloys: First-principles predictions
Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics (2010)

Surface segregation in nanoparticles from first principles: The case of FePt
Scripta Materialia (2010)


  • 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.

Ph.D. - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MS - Physics - Penn State University
M.S. - Pennsylvania State University
Laurea in Physics - University of Padova
Laurea in Electrical Engineering - University of Padova
M.S. - University of Padua (Italy)
2008 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
2007 Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, President of the United States of America