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Stefano Curtarolo


Edmund T. Pratt Jr. School Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science


  • Artificial Intelligence Materials Science
  • Autonomous Materials Design
  • Computational Materials Science
  • High-Entropy Disordered and Amorphous Systems
  • Materials for Energy Applications
  • Materials for Aerospace Applications
  • Materials for Deep Space Exploration

The research is multidisciplinary and makes use of state of the art techniques from fields like materials science, chemistry, physics, quantum mechanics, mathematics and computer science.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Edmund T. Pratt Jr. School Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
  • Professor in the Thomas Lord Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
  • Director of the Center for Autonomous Materials Design
  • Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Professor in the Department of Physics

Contact Information

  • Office Location: 144 Hudson Hall, Box 90300, Durham, NC 27708
  • Office Phone: (919) 660-5506
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  • Sc.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2003
  • M.S. Pennsylvania State University, 1999
  • M.S. University of Padua (Italy), 1998
  • M.S. University of Padua (Italy), 1995

Research Interests

Artificial Intelligence Materials Science; Autonomous Materials Design; Computational materials science; High-Entropy Disordered Systems; Materials for Energy Applications; Materials for Aerospace Applications. Prof. Curtarolo multidisciplinary research makes use of state-of-the-art techniques from fields like materials science, chemistry, physics, quantum mechanics, mathematics and computer science.

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researcher. Clarivate Analytics. 2021
  • High Performance, Computing Modernization Program Flagship Award. DOD-HPC. 2021
  • Distinguished Visiting Professorship. Max-Plank Society, Fritz-Haber Instittue, Berlin. 2018
  • Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award. Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation. 2016
  • DOD-MURI Award, The Science of Entropy Stabilized Ultra-High Temperature Materials. Duke University, NCSU, UCSD, UVA. 2015
  • DOD-MURI Award, Topological decompositions and spectral sampling algorithms for elements substitution in critical technologies. Duke University, UMD, UNT, CMU, BYU. 2013
  • Fellow. American Physical Society. 2013
  • Stansell Distinguished Research Award. Duke University. 2013
  • Best Paper Award. CALPHAD (Computer Coupling of Phase Diagrams and Thermochemistry). 2008
  • MRS Silver Medal Graduate Student Award. Materials Research Society. 2008
  • NSF Early CAREER Award. National Science Foundation. 2008
  • ONR Young Investigator Program Award. Office of Naval Research. 2008
  • Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program. National Science Foundation. 2007
  • Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers. President of the United States of America. 2007

Courses Taught

  • EGR 95FS: First Year seminar in Focus
  • EGR 101L: Engineering Design and Communication
  • ME 221L: Structure and Properties of Solids
  • ME 555: Advanced Topics in Mechanical Engineering
  • ME 592: Research Independent Study in Mechanical Engineering or Material Science

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Chen, H; Samanta, S; Zhu, S; Eckert, H; Schroers, J; Curtarolo, S; van de Walle, A, Bayesian active machine learning for Cluster expansion construction, Computational Materials Science, vol 231 (2024) [10.1016/j.commatsci.2023.112571] [abs].
  • Zhu, S; Schroers, J; Curtarolo, S; Eckert, H; van de Walle, A, Special glass structures for first principles studies of bulk metallic glasses, Acta Materialia, vol 262 (2024) [10.1016/j.actamat.2023.119456] [abs].
  • Ghiringhelli, LM; Baldauf, C; Bereau, T; Brockhauser, S; Carbogno, C; Chamanara, J; Cozzini, S; Curtarolo, S; Draxl, C; Dwaraknath, S; Fekete, Á; Kermode, J; Koch, CT; Kühbach, M; Ladines, AN; Lambrix, P; Himmer, M-O; Levchenko, SV; Oliveira, M; Michalchuk, A; Miller, RE; Onat, B; Pavone, P; Pizzi, G; Regler, B; Rignanese, G-M; Schaarschmidt, J; Scheidgen, M; Schneidewind, A; Sheveleva, T; Su, C; Usvyat, D; Valsson, O; Wöll, C; Scheffler, M, Shared metadata for data-centric materials science., Scientific Data, vol 10 no. 1 (2023) [10.1038/s41597-023-02501-8] [abs].
  • Feng, L; Fahrenholtz, WG; Hilmas, GE; Curtarolo, S, Boro/carbothermal reduction co-synthesis of dual-phase high-entropy boride-carbide ceramics, Journal of the European Ceramic Society, vol 43 no. 6 (2023), pp. 2708-2712 [10.1016/j.jeurceramsoc.2022.12.056] [abs].
  • Toher, C; Ridley, MJ; Tomko, KQ; Olson, DH; Curtarolo, S; Hopkins, PE; Opila, EJ, Design rules for the thermal and elastic properties of rare-earth disilicates, Materialia, vol 28 (2023) [10.1016/j.mtla.2023.101729] [abs].