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Professor Carla Molteni

Education/Academic qualification

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Milan

    1994
  • Master of Science, University of Milan

    1990

Research interests

Quantum mechanical modelling of nanomaterials and biomolecules. I am a theoretical condensed matter physicist: my research activity consists in designing computer experiments to elucidate and predict complex processes in materials and biomolecules, by accurately calculating, with the aid of powerful computers, how atoms interact, rearrange and react to external stimuli, such as pressure and light. The precise understanding of the microscopic properties of matter, governed by the laws of quantum-mechanics, is of paramount importance in the emerging field of bio-nanotechnology, for the exploitation and design of innovative materials. In my simulations, to achieve the level of accuracy required to describe chemical bonds, I use density-functional-theory (DFT), a modern reformulation of quantum-mechanics, appropriate for large scale accurate calculations. Thanks to its favourable ratio between accuracy and computational cost, it is a successful technique for describing structural and electronic properties of systems of physical, chemical, materials science and even biological interest. Its importance has been recognized by the award of the 1998 Nobel Prize in Chemistry to its founder, Walter Kohn. I have pioneered some of the latest technical advances in the treatment of metals, excited states and high pressure conditions, pushing the frontiers of DFT calculations in new directions. DFT is an ab-initio method, which needs as input parameters only a statement of which atoms are involved in the system; it is therefore very versatile and can be applied to a wide range of materials, from polymers through semiconductors and metals to biological systems, all of which are represented in my research.

Participation in conference

the Thomas Young Centre workshop “Biological Interfaces”, King's College London

Carla Molteni (Organiser)

Apr 2010 → …

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

sessions at various international conferences

Carla Molteni (Chair)

Sep 2005 → …

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

66 invited talks at international conferences and at national and international institutions

Carla Molteni (Keynote/plenary speaker)

1991 → …

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

Types of External academic engagement - Contribution to the work of national or international committees and working groups

Institute of Physics Theory of Condensed Matter group committee

Carla Molteni (Member)

20062009

Activity: OtherTypes of External academic engagement - Contribution to the work of national or international committees and working groups

Institute of Physics Women in Physics group committee

Carla Molteni (Member)

2005 → …

Activity: OtherTypes of External academic engagement - Contribution to the work of national or international committees and working groups

Types of External academic engagement - Membership of peer review panel or committee

List of referees for the Italian Ministry of Research and University (MIUR)

Carla Molteni (Member)

2009 → …

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European Science Foundation pool of reviewers

Carla Molteni (Member)

2006 → …

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EPSRC Peer Review College

Carla Molteni (Member)

2000 → …

Activity: OtherTypes of External academic engagement - Membership of peer review panel or committee

Publication peer-review

several international journals in Physics and Chemistry (Journal)

Carla Molteni (Editor)

2001 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review

Types of External academic engagement - Membership of external research organisation

Psik network working group

Carla Molteni (Member)

2010 → …

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CCP9 (“Collaborative Computational Project for the Study of the Electronic Structure of Condensed Matter”), spokesperson for the working group

Carla Molteni (Member)

2004 → …

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the Institute of Physics

Carla Molteni (Member)

20012009

Activity: OtherTypes of External academic engagement - Membership of external research organisation

Chartered Physicist

Carla Molteni (Member)

2001 → …

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