Stefano Curtarolo, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering and Physics and Faculty Network Member of The Energy Initiative  

Stefano Curtarolo

Office Location: 301 Hudson Hall, Box 90300, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone: (919) 660-5506
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Nanoscale/microscale computing systems
Computational Materials
Quantum Information

Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2003
MS - Physics, Penn State University, 1999
M.S., Pennsylvania State University, 1999
Laurea in Physics, University of Padova, 1998
Laurea in Electrical Engineering, University of Padova, 1995
M.S., University of Padua (Italy), 1995

Teaching (Spring 2020):

  • Me 555.30, Advanced topics Synopsis
    Fitzpatrk 2409, TuTh 04:40 PM-05:55 PM

Representative Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Curtarolo, S; Ceder, G, Dynamics of an inhomogeneously coarse grained multiscale system., Physical Review Letters, vol. 88 no. 25 Pt 1 (June, 2002), pp. 255504 [12097096], [doi]  [abs].
  2. Curtarolo, S; Morgan, D; Ceder, G, Accuracy of ab initio methods in predicting the crystal structures of metals: A review of 80 binary alloys, Calphad, vol. 29 no. 3 (January, 2005), pp. 163-211, Elsevier BV [002], [doi]  [abs].
  3. Curtarolo, S; Setyawan, W; Ferralis, N; Diehl, RD; Cole, MW, Evolution of topological order in Xe films on a quasicrystal surface., Physical Review Letters, vol. 95 no. 13 (September, 2005), pp. 136104 [16197154], [doi]  [abs].
  4. Kolmogorov, AN; Curtarolo, S, Prediction of different crystal structure phases in metal borides: A lithium monoboride analog to Mg B2, Physical Review B, vol. 73 no. 18 (May, 2006), pp. 180501 - 1, American Physical Society (APS) [PhysRevB.73.180501], [doi]  [abs].
  5. Stan, G; Bojan, MJ, Uptake of gases in bundles of carbon nanotubes, Physical Review B, vol. 62 no. 3 (January, 2000), pp. 2173-2180, American Physical Society (APS) [2173], [doi]  [abs].


  • 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.