Dr. Emanuele Curotto
Professor and Chair of Chemistry and Physics
Dr. Emanuele Curotto received his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Massachusetts and his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Yale University. Postdoctoral education included research at the University of Rhode Island. Dr. Curotto’s research focuses primarily on the development of methods to study classical and quantum molecular physics and quantum statistical mechanics. Among his most recent achievements are the development of algorithms for repeated large scale sparse matrix diagonalizations, the formulation of numerical strategies for the imaginary time path integral calculations in curved spaces, and the formulation of appropriate boundary conditions for the simulation of weakly bound clusters in carrier gases. Dr. Curotto is also engaged in formulating empirical and semiempirical potential energy surface models, developing optimization strategies for frustrated systems, developing methods for dealing with quasi-ergodicity, and obtaining methods to accelerate the convergence of the quantum methods.
Recent Publications and Presentations
- Curotto, E. (2008). "Quantum Statistical Mechanics of rigid and semi-rigid molecular condensed matter." Presented at the 235th ACS National Meeting, in New Orleans April 2008.
- Aviles, M.W., & Curotto, E. (2007). "Stereographic Projection Diffusion Monte Carlo (SPDMC) Algorithms for Molecular Condensed Matter." J. Chem. Phys. A. 111, 2610.
- Langley, S.F., Curotto, E., Freeman, D.L., & Doll, J.D. (2007). "Rigid quantum Monte Carlo simulations of condensed molecular matter: Water clusters in the n=2-->8 range." J. Chem. Phys. 126, 084506.
- Curotto, E. (2007). "Path Integral: Differential geometry method for simulating rigid water clusters below 230K." Presented at the 233rd ACS National Meeting.
- Aviles, M.W., Gray, P.T., & Curotto, E. (2006). "Stereographic projection path-integral simulations of (HF)n clusters." Journal of Chemical Physics. 2006, 124(17):174305-174315.
- Russo, M.F., & Curotto, E., (2004). "Sterographic projections path integral for molecular tops: Applications to Arn-HF clusters." J. Chem. Phys. 120:2110.
- Oppenheimner, C.A., & Curotto, E. (2004). "Parameter Space minimization methods: Applications to Lennard – Jones – Dipole – Dipole clusters." J. Chem. Phys. 122:6226.
- Russo, M.F., & Curotto, E. (2003) "Sterographic projections path integral in S1 and (S2)m manifolds." J. Chem Phys. 118:6806.
National Science Foundation, The Petroleum Research Fund, U.S. Department of Defense