UNT’s Fall 2019 SMART Talk to Feature Dr. Marco Buongiorno Nardelli | College of Science
September 11, 2019

UNT’s Fall 2019 SMART Talk to Feature Dr. Marco Buongiorno Nardelli

The College of Science is proud to announce the newest installment of the University of North Texas' SMART Talk series, which will feature University Distinguished Professor of Physics, Chemistry, and Composition, Dr. Marco Buongiorno Nardelli. Dr. Buongiorno Nardelli is an influential interdisciplinary researcher at UNT, member of the Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia, iARTA (Initiative for Advanced Research in Technology and the Arts), and ArtSciLab at the University of Texas at Dallas.

On October 24, 2019 at 4pm in the UNT Union Lyceum, Dr. Buongiorno Nardelli will be presenting a fascinating lecture entitled, "Beautiful Data: Materials as Musical Muses," which will showcase the aspects of his work in which he uses sound to explore large datasets of material properties. He talk will also share how that same material data inspires his creative musical compositions.

"As a computational materials physicist who develops large databases of materials properties, I have been always concerned with two fundamental questions," Dr. Buongiorno Nardelli shared when asked about the abstract of his talk, "How could the properties of a material be represented so that researchers can quickly perceive and evaluate them? The second is more of an outreach challenge. Materials aren't as sexy as black hole mergers or the "God particle." How could electronic properties or crystal lattices be made more appealing to the public's imagination?"

The SMART Talk series was created when the College of Science became an independent UNT college in 2017. Its purpose is to highlight the outstanding scholarly work of COS faculty and the Tier One research happening at UNT, while bringing the community together to discuss scientific breakthroughs and learn about the building blocks of the world around us. S.M.A.R.T. stands for "Science & Mathematics Advancing Research & Technology." All College of Science faculty, staff, alumni, and students, are encouraged to attend these free community events.


Dr. Marco Buongiorno Nardelli is an scientist/artist and University Distinguished Research Professor of Physics, Chemistry and Composition at the University of North Texas; a Joint Faculty Appointment with the Computer Science and Mathematics Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory; an Associate Fellow of IMeRA, the Institute for Advanced Studies of Aix-Marseille University, in Marseille, France; and a Fellow of the American Physical Society and of the Institute of Physics. At UNT, he leads a vibrant research group consisting of several graduate students and post-docs and participates actively to several collaborative efforts across Departments and Colleges. His group, one of the representative member of the Quantum-ESPRESSO Foundation (foundation.quantum-espresso.org) and a founding member of the AFLOW.ORG consortium, is at the forefront of computational materials and high performance simulations, with particular emphasis on theoretical developments of ab initio DFT-based methods, high-throughput computational techniques and computational materials design with a strong vision for sustainable development of scientific software for high-performance materials simulations.

His artistic activities as composer and media artist, encompass a broad range of Art/Science collaborations: he is a member of iARTA, the Initiative for Advanced Research in Technology and the Arts, of CEMI, the Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia, and the Composition Division Faculty in the College of Music at UNT. His music and installations have been featured at festivals, concert halls and museums around the world and his work has received praise from the national and international press.

To learn more about Prof. Buongiorno Nardelli's work, visit: www.materialssoundmusic.com and ermes.unt.edu.