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


High-throughput computational screening of thermal conductivity, Debye temperature, and Grüneisen parameter using a quasiharmonic Debye model
Physical Review B (2014)

Assessing the Thermoelectric Properties of Sintered Compounds via High-Throughput Ab-Initio Calculations
Physical Review X (2011)

Density functional study of the L10-αIrV transition in IrV and RhV
Journal of Alloys and Compounds (2011)

Ordering and growth of Xe films on the 10-fold quasicrystalline approximant Al13Co4(100) surface
Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics (2011)


  • 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