Associate Professor and Graduate Deputy
Location: 1407b Ingersoll Hall
Phone: 718.951.5000 x2859
Nicolas Giovambattista utilizes computer simulations, combined with thermodynamics and statistical mechanics theory, to study soft-condensed matter, in particular, liquids, nanoparticle systems and glasses. His research is driven both by applications and fundamental questions. Application-driven research topics include the characterization of liquids at interfaces and in nanoscale confinement, and the study of solvent-induced interactions (e.g., hydrophobic interactions). Research projects driven by fundamental questions in soft-condensed matter include the understanding of glass polymorphism, i.e., the study of materials that can form more than one amorphous solid state (e.g., water), how liquids can be trapped in glassy states (glass transition), and the stabilization of biomolecules (e.g., cryopreservation).