Marivi Fernández-Serra

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Marivi Fernández-Serra is a professor in the Physics and Astronomy Department and the Institute for Advanced Computational Sciences at Stony Brook University, New York. Her research focuses on developing and applying electronic structure methods based on density-functional theory. She is interested on understanding properties of water that require a quantum-mechanical description of the underlying atomic interactions. These include the study of the interface between water and light-absorbing materials for energy applications. She received her PhD from the University of Cambridge, UK, in 2005 and has been a Fellow of the American Physical Society since 2020.


Melting the world’s smallest raindrop

Experiments on melting of small water clusters open the door to the study of the size-dependent phase diagram of water. Read More »


Quantum Phase Transition Predicted for Gaseous Water

Water molecules that are close enough to “see” each other but far enough apart to be gas-like can undergo a quantum phase transition, a finding of relevance for making future water-based quantum devices. Read More »