Arcadia University’s School of Education hosted Egyptian delegates from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and four universities on April 30, in order to showcase student and faculty research in scientific fields across campus.
Carlie Banchi ’19, Hope Halza ’19,...
Arcadia students presented research at the ninth annual interdisciplinary Regional Undergraduate Student Research Conference (RUSRC) on March 23. The event was hosted by Delaware State University, and focused on “Why Academic Diversity in Higher Education Enriches all the Disciplines.”
Dr. Manny Curotto, professor and chair of chemistry and physics, attended the Telluride Science Research Center’s annual workshop on Monte Carlo methods for electronic structure theory this July. The conference gave Dr. Curotto the opportunity to hear from experts in the field and compare their...
Dr. Manny Curotto, professor and chair of Chemistry and Physics, recently published an essay in The Journal of Physical Chemistry titled “Quest for Inexpensive Hydrogen Isotopic Fractionation: Do We Need 2D Quantum Confining in Porous Materials or Are Rough Surfaces Enough? The Case of Ammonia...
In May, the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund (ACS PRF) recommended that a $70,000 research grant be awarded to Dr. Emanuele Curotto, professor and chair of the Department of Chemistry and Physics, for his research proposal, “Quantum Simulations of Lithium Ion...
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
Hometown Dresher PA
Home Country USA
Languages I am fluent in Italian and I speak some Spanish
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.