Carla Molteni is Professor of Physics at King's College London. She is an expert in atomistic simulations applied to materials and biological systems, and works at the interface of physics with chemistry, materials science and biology. Before joining King's, she held an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship at the Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, and a College Research Fellowship at New Hall (now Murray Edwards College). Previously, she was a postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institut fuer Festkoerperforschung in Stuttgart (Germany) and a EU Human Capital & Mobility Postdoctoral Fellow at the Cavendish Laboratory. She obtained her Laurea and PhD in Physics at the University of Milan (Italy).
Prof Carla Molteni @ the Thomas Young Centre
Prof Carla Molteni @ Meet the Professors
We design computer experiments to elucidate and predict complex processes in materials and biomolecules, by accurately calculating, with the aid of powerful computers, how atoms interact, rearrange and react to external stimuli, such as pressure, light or the binding of a ligand.
We use a number of simulation techniques, from classical and ab-initio (density functional theory) molecular dynamics to enhanced sampling methods, metadynamics, plus methodologies to deal with excited states. Systems we have studied range from grain boundaries, liquid metal surfaces, polymers and nanocrystals to sugars, photoactive proteins and neuroreceptors.
Current research projects include:
- the investigation of pressure-induced structural phase-transformations in nanomaterials;
- the growth of ice crystals;
- the search for accurate and affordable ways to evaluate excitations in biological systems;
- the elucidation of the microscopic mechanisms of neurotransmitter binding and channel gating mechanisms in ligand-gated ion channels, an important class of biomolecules involved in many neurological disorders;
- the characterisation of polyphenols (e.g. green tea catechins) and their interaction with medically relevant proteins
Steinmark, I. E., Chung, P-H., Ziolek, R., Cornell, B., Smith, P., Levitt, J., Tregidgo, C., Molteni, C., Yahioglu, G., Lorenz, C. & Suhling, K., 6 Mar 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Small. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article
The PLUMED consortium, 1 Aug 2019, In : NATURE METHODS. 16, 8, p. 670-673 4 p. Research output: Contribution to journal - Comment/debate. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41592-019-0506-8
Teijeiro-Gonzalez, Y., Le Marois, A., Economou, A. M., Hirvonen, L. M., Levitt, J. A., Beavil, A. J., Beavil, R. L., Crnjar, A., Molteni, C., Ortiz-Zapater, E., Parsons, M. & Suhling, K., 21 Feb 2019, Three-Dimensional and Multidimensional Microscopy: Image Acquisition and Processing XXVI. Brown, T. G. & Wilson, T. (eds.). SPIE, Vol. 10883. (Proceedings of SPIE ). Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding - Conference paper. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2508692
Suhling, K., Teijeiro-Gonzalez, Y., Steinmark, I. E., James, A. L., Economou, A. M., Yahioglu, G., Le Marois, A., Hirvonen, L. M., Nedbal, J., Levitt, J. A., Chung, P. H., Dreiss, C. A., Beavil, A. J., Beavil, R. L., Ortiz-Zapater, E., Lorenz, C. D., Parsons, M., Crnjar, A., Cornell, B. & Molteni, C., 22 Feb 2019, Multiphoton Microscopy in the Biomedical Sciences XIX. Periasamy, A., So, P. T. C. & Konig, K. (eds.). SPIE, Vol. 10882. 1088210 Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding - Conference paper. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2508744
Fulford, M., Salvalaglio, M. & Molteni, C., 28 May 2019, In : JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL INFORMATION AND MODELING. 59, 5, p. 2141-2149 9 p. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jcim.9b00005
Crnjar, A., Comitani, F., Melis, C. & Molteni, C., 19 Apr 2019, In : Interface Focus. 9, 3, 20180067. Research output: Contribution to journal - Review article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1098/rsfs.2018.0067
Crnjar, A., Comitani, F., Hester, W. & Molteni, C., 7 Feb 2019, In : Journal of physical chemistry letters. 10, 3, p. 694-700 7 p. Research output: Contribution to journal - Letter. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpclett.8b03431
Badaoui, M., Kells, A., Molteni, C., Dickson, C. J., Hornak, V. & Rosta, E., 24 Sep 2018, In : JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B. Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpcb.8b07442
Comitani, F., Rossi, K., Ceriotti, M., Sanz Gonzalez, M. E. & Molteni, C., 2017 Research output: Other contribution. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.18742/RDM01-159
Comitani, F., Rossi, K., Ceriotti, M., Sanz Gonzalez, M. E. & Molteni, C., Apr 2017, In : Journal of Chemical Physics. 146, 14, 145102 . Research output: Contribution to journal - Article. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4979519