Manny Curotto

Professor / Chair, Chemistry and Physics

(215) 572-2188

About Me

Born in Mezzanego (GE) Italy. Became a US citizen in 2011

Graduated from the University of Massachusetts Lowell with a B.S. in chemistry 1992

Graduated from Yale University with a Ph.D. in physical chemistry 1996

Postdoctoral fellow at The University of Rhode Island, under Dr. D. L. Freeman 1996 - 1998

Started working at Beaver College, now Arcadia University, in September of 1998


Areas Of Focus

Theoretical and computational chemistry

Dresher PA

Home Country

I am fluent in Italian and I speak some Spanish

Research Summary

I have years of experience in developing and implementing quantum methods to study molecular clusters and similar types of condensed matter. Clusters are  special states of matter created naturally in extreme low pressure and low temperature environments.  Clusters are the seeds of  planetary systems, they can be found in nebulas, in interstellar space, and can be created routinely in laboratory settings. The interest in clusters continues to grow as applications emerge in the field of nanotechnology and material science.  Could one fabricate a nanoscale rechargeable lithium ion battery? What "solvents" would work? What would the technical advantages be?  Aside from the potential engineering applications, scientists are interested in answering more fundamental questions: Why clusters form in the first place?  What are their physical, thermodynamic, kinetic and reactive properties like?  What are the correct laws of physics that describe and predict best the properties of clusters? This last question turns out to be quite complicated, as the laws of quantum physics do play a role at low temperature, and when the relative masses associated with dynamic degrees of freedom are sufficiently small.  In this regard, the quantum theory of molecular aggregates is in its infancy. The laws of physics (i.e. the Schroedinger equation, or the Feynman Path Integral) are well established,  but their implementation to  molecular matter is extremely challenging.