Nicolas Giovambattista, Ph.D.


Department of Physics, Brooklyn College (Profile)

Research Interests

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.

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Job History

  • 2008 – Current: Assistant Professor of Physics, Brooklyn College
  • 2009 – 2015: Graduate Deputy, Brooklyn College
  • 2004 – 2008: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Chemical Engineering Department, Princeton University, NJ
  • 1999 – 2004: Ph.D Physics, Boston University, MA
  • 1994 – 1998: B.S. Physics, National University of Mar del Plata, Argentina


  • Glass polymorphism in TIP4P/2005 water: A description based on the potential energy landscape formalism
    P. H. Handle , F. Sciortino , and N. Giovambattista
    J. Chem. Phys., 2019, 150, 244506

  • State variables for glasses: The case of amorphous ice
    N. Giovambattista, F. Starr, and P. H. Poole
    J. Chem. Phys., 2019, 150, 224502

  • Comparative Study of the Effects of Temperature and Pressure on the Water-Mediated Interactions between Apolar Nanoscale Solutes
    J. Engstler and N. Giovambattista
    J. Phys. Chem. B, 2019, 123, 116-1128

  • Phase Diagram of Water Confined by Graphene
    Z. Gao, N. Giovambattista, and O. Sahin
    Scientific Reports, 2018, 8, 6228

  • Temperature Effects on Water-Mediated Interactions at the Nanoscale
    J. Engstler and N. Giovambattista
    J. Phys. Chem. B, 2018, 122, 8908-8920

  • Anomalous Features in the Potential Energy Landscape of a Water-like Monatomic Model with Liquid and Glass Polymorphism
    G. Sun, L. Xu, and N. Giovambattista
    Phys. Rev. Lett., 2018, 120, 035701

  • Searching for crystal-ice domains in amorphous ices
    F. Martelli, N. Giovambattista, S. Torquato, and R. Car
    Phys. Rev. Materials, 2018, 2, 075601

  • Nuclear quantum effects on the liquid-liquid phase transition of a water-like monatomic liquid
    B. Nguyen, G. E. Lopez, and N. Giovambattista
    Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys, 2018, 20, 8210-8217

  • Validation of Capillarity Theory at the Nanometer Scale. II: Stability and Rupture of Water Capillary Bridges in Contact with Hydrophobic and Hydrophilic Surfaces
    A. B. Almeida, N. Giovambattista, S. V. Buldyrev, and A. M. Alencar
    J. Phys. Chem. C, 2018, 122, 1556-1569

  • N. Giovambattista, F. W. Starr, and P. H. Poole. Influence of sample preparation on the transformation of low-density to high-density amorphous ice: An explanation based on the Potential Energy Landscape. J. Chem. Phys., 2017, 147, 044501

  • J. Engstler and N. Giovambattista. Heating- and pressure-induced transformations in amorphous and hexagonal ice: A computer simulation study using the TIP4P/2005 model. J. Chem. Phys., 2017, 147, 074505

  • G. Sun, L. Xu, and N. Giovambattista. Relationship between the potential energy landscape and the dynamic crossover in a water-like monatomic liquid with a liquid-liquid phase transition. J. Chem. Phys., 2017, 146, 014503

  • F. Martelli, S. Torquato, N. Giovambattista, and R. Car. Large-scale structure and hyperuniformity of amorphous ices. Phys. Rev. Lett., 2017, 119, 136002

  • C. Gavazzoni, N. Giovambattista, P. Netz, and M. Barbosa. Structure and mobility of water confined in AlPO4 − 54 nanotubes. J. Chem. Phys., 2017, 146, 234509

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