Nicolas Giovambattista, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor of Physics, Brooklyn College
  • Affiliate Faculty, Nanoscience Initiative


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

  • 2020 – Current: Chair, Department of Physics, Brooklyn College
  • 2015 –  Current: Associate Professor of Physics, Brooklyn College
  • 2008 – 2015: Assistant Professor of Physics, 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


K. Amann-Winkel, K.H. Kim, N. Giovambattista, et al, Liquid-liquid phase separation in supercooled water from ultrafast heating of low-density amorphous ice, Nat Commun, 2023, 14, 442.

Y. Zhou, G.E. Lopez, and N. Giovambattista, Anomalous properties in the potential energy landscape of a monatomic liquid across the liquid-gas and liquid-liquid phase transitions, J. Chem. Phys., 2022, 157, 124502.

J. Engstler and N. Giovambattista, Different Temperature- and Pressure-Effects on the Water-Mediated Interactions between Hydrophobic, Hydrophilic, and Hydrophobic-Hydrophilic Nanoscale Surfaces, J. Chem. Phys., 2022, in press.

A. Eltareb, G.E. Lopez, N Giovambattista, Evidence of a liquid-liquid phase transition in H2O and D2O from path-integral molecular dynamics simulations, Sci. Rep., 2022, 12, 6004.

A. Eltareb, G.E. Lopez, and N. Giovambattista, Nuclear quantum effects on the dynamics and glass behavior of a monatomic liquid with two liquid states, J. Chem. Phys., 2022, 156, 204502.

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, 2021, 125, 9, 5335-5348.

N. Giovambattista and G. E. Lopez, Potential energy landscape formalism for quantum liquids, Phys. Rev. Research, 2, 043441, 2020.

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.

B. Tang, S. V. Buldyrev, L. Xu, and N. Giovambattista, Energy Stored in Nanoscale Water Capillary Bridges between Patchy Surfaces, Langmuir, 2020, 36, 7246-7251.

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

Y. Kopel and N. Giovambattista, Comparative Study of Water-Mediated Interactions between Hydrophilic and Hydrophobic Nanoscale Surfaces, J. Phys. Chem., B 123, 50, 10814-10824, 2019.

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

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

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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