Prof. Nicola Marzari

Full Professor

Nicola Marzari graduated from the Università degli Studi di Trieste in 1992. He continued his studies at the University of Cambridge and, in 1996, presented his thesis on the theme of the molecular dynamics of metallic systems. He continued his research at the Rutgers University, George Mason University, the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington DC and Princeton University. In 2001, he was named assistant professor in numerical material sciences at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was promoted to associate professor in 2005, and in 2009 he was awarded the Toyota Chair of Materials Engineering. He subsequently became Statutory Chair of Materials Modeling and Director of the Materials Modeling Laboratory at Oxford Unversity.


Research Area

Professor Marzari's research is dedicated to the development and application of computational modeling to outstanding problems in materials science, using accurate quantum-mechanical descriptions of interacting electrons and nuclei.

He is interested in areas of nanotechnology, energy conversion and harvesting, with applications that encompass pristine and functionalized carbon nanotubes and semiconducting and metallic nanoparticles, and fuel-cell and hydrogen-storage materials, biomimetic catalysts and biomolecules, and electro-actuating polymers.


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