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  • 2000: Mail carrier for Italian Mail Service (Poste Italiane)
  • Currently at Northwestern University (research associate)
    Working with George Schatz on excited states of DNA, biosensing and DNA charge transfer
  • Currently associate editor in materials science at Nature Magazine
    Selecting top manuscripts for journal, writing journalistic articles, liaising with the scientific community

    Papers:


    1. "Three-body problem in quantum mechanics: hyperspherical elliptic coordinates and harmonic basis sets"
      V. Aquilanti and S. Tonzani
      J. Chem. Phys. 120, 4066 (2004)
    2. "Electron-molecule scattering calculations in a 3D finite element R-matrix approach"
      S. Tonzani and C. H. Greene
      J. Chem. Phys., 122, 014111 (2005)
    3. "Dissociative recombination of HCO+"
      . Larsson, S. Tonzani, R. Santra and C. H. Greene
      J. Phys. Conference Series, 4, 148 (2005)
    4. "Low energy electron scattering from DNA and RNA bases: shape resonances and radiation damage"
      S. Tonzani and C. H. Greene
      J. Chem. Phys., 124, 054312 (2006)
      and Virtual Journal of Biological Physics Research, 11 (4) (2006)
    5. "Renner-Teller effects in HCO+ dissociative recombination"
      I. Mikhaylov, V. Kokoouline, A. Larson, S. Tonzani and C. H. Greene
      Phys. Rev. A, 74, 032707 (2006)
    6. "A finite element R-matrix electron molecule scattering code"
      S. Tonzani
      Computer Physics Communications 176, 146 (2007)
    7. "Radiation damage to DNA: electron scattering from the backbone subunits"
      S. Tonzani and C. H. Greene
      J. Chem. Phys., 125, 094504 (2006)
      and Virtual Journal of Biological Physics Research, 12 (6) (2006)
    8. "High Harmonic Generation in SF6: Raman-excited Vibrational Quantum Beats"
      Z. B. Walters, S. Tonzani and C. H. Greene
      J. Phys. B 40, F277 (2007)
    9. Structure and Electronic Spectra of DNA Mini-hairpins with Gn:Cn Stems
      J. Tuma, S. Tonzani, G. C. Schatz, A. H. Karaba, and F. D. Lewis
      J. Phys. Chem. B, 111, 13101 (2007)
    10. Diffraction in low-energy electron scattering from DNA: bridging gas phase and solid state theory
      L. Caron, S. Tonzani, C. H. Greene and L. Sanche
      Phys. Rev. A (in press)
    11. Effect of structural dynamics on charge transfer in DNA hairpins
      F. C. Grozema, S. Tonzani, Y. A. Berlin, G. C. Schatz, L. D. A. Siebbeles and M. A. Ratner
      J. Am. Chem. Soc., 130, 5157 (2008)
    12. Structure and electronic excitations in single stranded DNA
      S. Tonzani and G. C. Schatz
      J. Am. Chem. Soc. 130, 7607 (2008)
    13. Limits of the Plane Wave Approximation in the Measurement of Molecular Properties
      Z. B. Walters, S. Tonzani and C. H. Greene
      J. Phys. Chem. A 112, 9439 (2008)
    14. Modeling Self Assembly Processes Driven by Nonbonded Interactions in Soft Materials
      M. McCullagh, T. Prytkova, S. Tonzani, N. D. Winter and G. C. Schatz
      J. Phys. Chem. B 112, 10388 (2008)
    15. Quantitative rescattering theory for high-order harmonic generation from molecules
      A.-T. Le, R. R. Lucchese, S. Tonzani, T. Morishita and C. D. Lin
      Phys. Rev. A 80 013401 (2009)
    16. Low-energy electron scattering from DNA including structural water and base-pair irregularities
      L. Caron, L. Sanche, S. Tonzani and C. H. Greene
      Phys. Rev. A 80 012705 (2009)
    17. Effect of GC base pairs on charge transfer through DNA hairpins: The importance of electrostatic interaction s
      F. C. Grozema, S. Tonzani, Y. A. Berlin, G. C. Schatz, L. D. A. Siebbeles and M. A. Ratner
      J. Am. Chem. Soc., 131, 14204 (2009)
    18. Vibrational interference of Raman and high-harmonic generation pathways
      Z. B. Walters, S. Tonzani and C. H. Greene
      Chem. Phys., doi:10.1016/j.chemphys.2009.09.022 (2009)

    Conference proceedings:


    1. Finite elements R-matrix calculations: from molecules to the condensed phase
      in: Mathematical and computational methods in R-matrix theory, Eds. M. Plummer, J. D. Gorfinkiel and J. Tennyson

    Conferences:


    1. MOLBEAM, Rome, June 2001
      Poster: "Hyperspherical elliptic coordinates"
    2. DAMOP, Boulder, CO, May 2003
      Poster: "Electron-molecule scattering calculations in a 3D finite element R-matrix approach"
    3. DAMOP, Tucson, AZ, May 2004
      Talk: "Dissociative recombination of HCO+ ions with electrons"
    4. APS March Meeting, Los Angeles, CA, March 2005
      Talk: "Low energy electron scattering from extended molecular systems"
    5. DAMOP, Lincoln, NE, May 2005
      Poster: "Electron scattering from large molecules: a 3D finite elements R-matrix approach"
      Poster: "HCO+ dissociative recombination revisited"
      Poster: "Theoretical study of dissociative recombination of tri-atomic molecular ions"
    6. ICPEAC, Rosario, Argentina - EMS05, Campinas, Brasil, July 2005
      Poster: "Electron scattering from DNA bases: a 3D finite elements R-matrix approach"
    7. ACS National Meeting, Atlanta, GA, March 2006
      Poster: "Electron scattering from DNA bases: a 3D finite elements R-matrix approach"
      Poster: "Radiation damgage: electron scattering from the DNA backbone"
    8. DAMOP, Knoxville, TN, May 2006
      Poster: "Radiation damage: electron scattering from the DNA backbone"
    9. ACS National Meeting, Chicago, IL, March 2007
      Poster: "Excited states of DNA hairpins"
    10. Unconventional photoactive systems, Chicago, IL, August 2007
      Poster: "Effect of structural dynamics on charge transfer through DNA"
    11. QuAMP, London, UK, September 2007
      Talk: "High Harmonic Generation and vibrational motion in polyatomic molecules"
    12. CCP2 R-matrix workshop, London, UK, September 2007
      Talk (invited): "Finite-elements R-matrix calculations: from molecules to the condensed phase"
    13. ACS National Meeting, New Orleans, LA, April 2008
      Talk: "DNA structure, spectra and dynamics in solution: a practical approach"
    14. American Conference on Theoretical Chemistry, Chicago, IL, July 2008
      Poster: "Charge transfer and electronic delocalization in DNA"
    15. Gordon research conference on computational chemistry, Mount Holyoke College, MA, July 2008
      Talk (invited): "DNA structure, spectra and dynamics in solution: a practical approach"
      Poster: "Charge transfer and electronic delocalization in DNA"
    16. Gordon research conference on science and technology policy, Big Sky, MT, July 2008

    Other Talks and Colloquia:


    1. JILA, Boulder, CO March 2004
      "Electron-molecule scattering calculations in a 3D finite element R-matrix approach"
    2. KTH, Stockholm, Sweden, January 2005
      "3D R-matrix calculations of electron scattering from extended molecular systems"
    3. JILA, Boulder, CO November 2005
      "Low energy electron scattering and radiation damage to DNA and RNA"
    4. ITAMP, Harvard, Cambridge, MA February 2006 (shortlisted for ITAMP fellowship)
      "Electron induced chemistry: DNA radiation damage and dissociative recombination"
    5. Northwestern University, Chicago, IL October 2006
      "Electron initiated chemistry"
    6. Northwestern University, Chicago, IL April 2007
      "DNA interactions with electrons and photons"
    7. Argonne National Laboratory, Chicago, IL May 2007
      "DNA interactions with electrons and photons"
    8. CRC center for DNA photonics, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, August 2007
      "DNA structure & charge transfer: what theory can do for you"

    Other Press:


    1. "Smudging genetic blueprints, in: JILA Winter 2006 newsletter"

    Visits:


    University of Central Florida, Orlando, December 2004
    University College London, London, UK, January 2005
    Royal Insitute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden, January 2005

    Collaborations


    Viatcheslav Kokoouline, University of Central Florida and Asa Larson, KTH Stockholm: dissociative recombination
    Leon Sanche, Laurent Caron, University of Sherbrooke : DNA radiation damage
    Jonathan Tennyson, University College London: electron scattering
    C. D. Lin, X. Rui-Hua, University of Kansas: high harmonic generation

    Languages Spoken:


    Italian, English, some French and Spanish

    Computer languages:


    Fortran90 & 77, Perl, C, C++, Matlab

    Other software experience:


    Unix and Windows environments, shell scripting, parallelization tools (MPI, BSP), HTML, and Mathematica.
    Chemical software: Gaussian, Molpro, Gamess, Molden, ADF. Amber, Namd

    Teaching experience:


    Teaching assistant for physical chemistry undergraduate course, Fall '01- Spring '02

    Other tasks


    Referee for "The Journal of Chemical Physics" and
    "Proceedings of the national academy of sciences"
    Author of scientific funding proposals

    Research Interests


    Professional Affiliations:


    American Physical Society, American Chemical Society