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Scholarly Interest Report
Alberto Pimpinelli
Faculty Fellow
Faculty Fellow in Materials Science and Nanoengineering
  • M.S. Physics (1986) University of Milan, Italy
  • Ph.D. Physics (1990) University of Parma, Italy
Primary Department
   Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering
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Research Areas
 Statistical physics models of magnetism in insulating systems, crystal surfaces and crystal growth.
Teaching Areas
 Scaling Concepts In 2D Materials And Polymer Physics, solid State Physics and nanosciences.
Selected Publications
 Refereed articles

González, Diego Luis; Pimpinelli, Alberto; Einstein, TL; "Fragmentation approach to the point-island model with hindered aggregation: Accessing the barrier energy." Physical Review E, 96 (2017) : 012804.


Morales-Cifuentes, Josue; Einstein, Theodore L; Pimpinelli, Alberto; "Transient Mobility on Submonolayer Island Growth: An Exploration of Asymptotic Effects in Modeling." APS Meeting Abstracts (2017)


A Pimpinelli, L Tumbek and A Winkler, "Scaling and Exponent Equalities in Island Nucleation: Novel Results and Application to Organic Films", APS March Meeting Abstracts 1, L8005 (2015).


TL Einstein, A Pimpinelli, DL González and JR Morales-Cifuentes, "Progress in characterizing submonolayer island growth: Capture-zone distributions, growth exponents, & hot precursors", Journal of Physics: Conference Series 640 (1), 012024 (2015). 


TL Einstein, J Morales-Cifuentes and A Pimpinelli, "Characterizing Submonolayer Growth of 6P on Mica: Capture Zone Distributions vs. Growth Exponents and the Role of Hot Precursors", APS March Meeting Abstracts 1, L8003 (2015).

A Pimpinelli, L Tumbek and A Winkler, "Scaling and Exponent Equalities in Islands Nucleation: Novel
Results and Applications to Organic Films", J. Phys, Chem. Lett. 5, 995-998 (2014).
NJ Hogan, AS Urban, C Ayala-Orozco, A Pimpinelli, P Nordlander and NJ Halas, "Nanoparticles Heat through Light Localization", Nano Lett. 14, 4640-4645 (2014).
TL Einstein and A Pimpinelli, "Dynamical Scaling Implications of Ferrari, Prahofer, and Spohn?s Remarkable Spatial Scaling Results for Facet-Edge Fluctuations", J. Stat. Phys.155, 1178-1190 (2014).
TL Einstein, A Pimpinelli and DL Gonzalez, "Analyzing Capture Zone Distributions (CZD) in Growth:
Theory and Applications", J. Crys. Growth,401, pp. 67-71 (2014).
TL Einstein, A Pimpinelli and DL Gonzalez, "DFurther Developments in Characterizing Capture Zone
Distributions (CZD) in Island Growth," Bulletin of the American Physical Society 59 (2014).
Supervised Theses & Dissertations
 Sara Nizzero, PhD NA. (2022) (Thesis Director)

 Scorrano Giovanni , NA. (2023) (Thesis Director)

Awards, Prizes, & Fellowships
 Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. (2017)

Positions Held
 Executive Director of the Smalley-Curl Institute, Rice University. (2015 - 2015)

 Faculty Fellow, Materials Science & NanoEngineering, Rice University. (2014 - 2015)

 Executive Director, Rice Quantum Institute, Rice University. (2012 - 2015)

 Professor, Clermont 2 University (France) Department of Physics. (2017 - 2017)

 Visiting Professor, University of Maryland- Physics Department. (2017 - 2017)

 Professor, Clermont 2 University (France) Department of Physics. (2005 - 2005)

 Visiting Scientist, The Houston Methodist Research Institute. (2017 - 2017)