Nicolas Giovambattista

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Research Interests

  • Physical Chemistry

Education

  • Ph.D., Boston University

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Affiliated Campus(es)

  • Brooklyn College

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).

Areas of Expertise

Fundamental questions in liquids and glasses, in particular, water and aqueous solutions. Current topics of interests include: Phase behavior and properties of nanoconfined liquids; water-mediated interactions at the nanoscale; glassy water; liquid and glass polymorphism; Nuclear Quantum effects on water and model liquids; cryopreservation. Research involves computer simulations, statistical mechanics and thermodynamics.

Recent Publications

  • A. B. Almeida, S. V. Buldyrev, A. M. Alencar, and N. Giovambattista, "How Small Is Too Small for the Capillarity Theory?", J. Chem. Phys. C 125, 5335-5348 (2021). (Books and Publications: Article (Peer-reviewed)) 2021
  • A. Eltareb, G. E. Lopez, N. Giovambattista, "Nuclear Quantum Effects on the Thermodynamic, Structural, and Dynamical Properties of Water", Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 23, 6914-6928 (2021). (Books and Publications: Article (Peer-reviewed)) 2021
  • A. Eltareb, G. E. Lopez, N. Giovambattista, "The role of high-density and low-density amorphous ice on biomolecules at cryogenic temperatures: a case study with polyalanine", Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 23, 19402-19414 (2021). (Books and Publications: Article (Peer-reviewed)) 2021
  • N. Giovambattista and P. H. Poole, "Liquid-liquid phase transition in simulations of ultrafast heating and decompression of amorphous ice", Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids: X --, -------- (2021). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nocx.2021.100067. (Books and Publications: Article (Peer-reviewed)) 2021
  • B. Tang, S. V. Buldyrev, L. Xu, and N. Giovambattista, "Energy Stored in Nanoscale Water Capillary Bridges between Patchy Surfaces", Langmuir 36, 7246-7251 (2020). (Books and Publications: Article (Peer-reviewed)) 2020
  • B. Tang, X. Yu, S. V. Buldyrev, N. Giovambattista, and L. Xu, "Energy stored in nanoscale water capillary bridges formed between chemically heterogeneous surfaces with circular patches", Chinese Phys. B 29 114703 (2020). (Books and Publications: Article (Peer-reviewed)) 2020
  • K. H. Kim, K. Amann-Winkel, N. Giovambattista, A. Späh, F. Perakis, H. Pathak, M. Ladd Parada, C. Yang, D. Mariedahl, T. Eklund, T. J. Lane, S. You, S. Jeong, M Weston, J. H. Lee, I. Eom, M. Kim, J. Park, S. H. Chun, P. H. Poole, and A. Nilsson, "Experimental observation of the liquid-liquid transition in bulk supercooled water under pressure", Science 370, 978-982 (2020). (Books and Publications: Article (Peer-reviewed)) 2020
  • N. Giovambattista and G. E. Lopez, "Potential energy landscape formalism for quantum liquids", Phys. Rev. Research 00, 003000 (2020). (Books and Publications: Article (Peer-reviewed)) 2020
  • Y. Liu, G. Sun, A. Eltareb, G. E. Lopez, N. Giovambattista, and L. Xu, " Nuclear quantum effects on the thermodynamic response functions of a polymorphic water-like monatomic liquid", Phys. Rev. Research 2, 013153 (2020). (Books and Publications: Article (Peer-reviewed)) 2020
  • J. Bachler, P. H. Handle, N. Giovambattista, and T. Loerting, "Glass polymorphism and liquid-liquid phase transition in aqueous solutions: experiments and computer simulations" (Perspective), Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 21, 23238 (2019). Designated "Hot" paper of 2019 by the Editor of PCCP. (Books and Publications: Article (Peer-reviewed)) 2019
  • J. Engstler and N. Giovambattista, "Comparative Study of the Effects of Temperature and Pressure on the Water-Mediated Interactions between Apolar Nanoscale Solutes", J. Phys. Chem. B 123, 1116-1128 (2019). (Books and Publications: Article (Peer-reviewed)) 2019
  • N. Giovambattista, F. Starr, and P. H. Poole, "State variables for glasses: The case of amorphous ice", J. Chem. Phys. 150, 224502 (2019). (Books and Publications: Article (Peer-reviewed)) 2019
  • P. H. Handle , F. Sciortino , and N. Giovambattista, "Glass polymorphism in TIP4P/2005 water: A
  • description based on the potential energy landscape formalism", J. Chem. Phys. 150, 244506 (2019). (Books and Publications: Article (Peer-reviewed)) 2019
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Affiliated Campus(es)

  • Brooklyn College