CAMMI Roberto

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Curriculum Vitae: Roberto Cammi
address: Dipartimento di Scienze Chimiche, della Vita e della Sostenibilità Ambientale, Parco Area delle Scienze, 17A, 43100 Parma, Italy
email:; phone: +39 0521 905442; fax: +39 0521 905557

Born: December 27, 1954; Busseto (Italy)
Nationality: Italian
Education: University of Parma: Doctor in Chemisty 1979.
Positions: • Researcher University of Parma 1983-1999.
• Associate Professor University of Parma 1999-2002.
• Full Professor University of Parma 2002 – today.

Scientific activity
Main fields of research:
• Molecular interactions (1984 - 1992 )
• Group theory in Chemistry (1984 - 1992)
• Quantum chemical solvation models (1986 - today)
• Theory of electric and magnetic response properties of molecules in dense phases (1994 - today)

Major scientific achievements:
Systematic development of electronic structure theories for the study of properties and processes of molecular systems in condensed phases:
• theory for the analytical derivatives of the electronic energy of molecular solutes various methods (Hartree-Fock, MC-SCF, coupled-cluster and DFT)
• extension of the Dirac-Frenkel time-dependent variational principle to the non-linear Hamiltonians for the description of molecular solutes
• theory of the linear response theory for molecules in solution
• theory of the second and higher order electro-optic response functions for molecules in solution and more complex environments for various methods (Hartree-Fock, MC-SCF, coupled-cluster and DFT)
• theory of the magnetic properties of solvated molecules for Hartree-Fock and DFT methods
• theory for the calculation of vibrational properties of molecules in solutions
• generalization of the Onsager theory for the calculations of the local field in molecular solutes
• theory of the macroscopic susceptibilities and birefringences from calculations on molecular solutes
• theories and computational methods for the study of properties of excited states of solvated chromophores, including analytical gradients, and non-equilibrium solvation for several quantum chemical levels, MC-SCF, TD-DFT and coupled-clusters (SACCI, EOM-CC).
• theory of the electronic excitation energy transfer between chromophores in solution.
• theory of Extreme-Pressure Polarizable Continuum Model (XP-PCM) for the study the effects of extreme-high-pressure (p>1GPa) on the molecular properties
• theory of the effect of the pressure on the energy profile of chemical reactions (in collaboration with Prof. Roald Hoffmann, Nobel prize in Chemistry 1981)
• theories for the real-time study of the quantum dynamics of the electrons of molecules in solution.
These theories have found a full acceptance in the international scientific community and have been implemented in the most popular computational quantum chemistry software (Gaussian,Gamess, Dalton,…), As a result, these theories have significantly contributed to extend the fields of application of the computational quantum chemistry as it is testified by order of magnitude of the citations: > 20000 according to WoS/Scopus.

Scientific achievements have regarded other fields of the quantum and theoretical chemistry, as the formulation of the counterpoise correction for the Kitaura-Morokuma analysis of the intermolecular interaction energy, and the formulation of the method for the “Measurement of the Approximated Symmetries” in the analysis of the geometries of molecular systems.

Scientific visits:
University of Copenhagen, Jan-Feb. 1997; CERMICS (Institute of Applied Mathematics), April. 1997; University of Tromso (Norway), Nov. 2002; University of Karlshrue, March 2003; Notre-Dame University (USA), July 2005; Institute of Applied Mathematics (IMA), University of Minnesota, Nov.-Dec. 2008; Quantum Chemistry Research Institute (QCRI), Kyoto, Feb., June 2009; Institute of Molecular Science (IMS), Okazaki, Japan, several months during 2009-2016; Cornell University, Ithaca, USA, March 2016.

Publications and citation statistics:
• 131 articles in peer-reviewed international journals and 14 book chapters, one monograph. Citations:
more than: 22000 citations on 131 articles in ISI-indexed journals since 1985, (according to Web of Science (WoS) 04.02.2021), twenty seven articles cited more than 200 times, seven articles cited more than 400 times, and one article with more than 10000 citations. Hirsch index 50 (Google Scholar)/49(SCOPUS)/48(ISI WoS).
- Representative publications (past 10-Years)
1. R. Cammi, V. Verdolino, B. Mennucci; J., Tomasi, Towards the elaboration of a QM method to describe molecular solutes under the effect of a very high pressure. Chem. Phys. 344, 135-141 (2008)
2. R. Cammi Quantum cluster theory for the polarizable continuum model. I. The CCSD level with analytical first and second derivatives., J. Chem.Phys. 131, 164104 (2009).
3. R. Cammi, R. Fukuda, M. Ehara, H. Nakatsuji, ``Symmetry-adapted cluster and symmetry-adapted cluster-configuration interaction method in the polarizable continuum model: Theory of the solvent effect on the electronic excitation of molecules in solution'', J. Chem. Phys, 133, 024104 (2010)
4. R. Cammi, “Coupled-Cluster Theories for the Polarizable Continuum Model. II. Analytical Gradients for Excited States of Molecular Solutes by the Equation of Motion Coupled-Cluster Method”. Int. J. Quantum Chem., 110, 3040 (2010)
5 R. Fukuda; M. Ehara; H. Nakatsuji; R. Cammi, " Nonequilibrium solvation for vertical photoemission and photoabsorption processes using the symmetry-adapted cluster-configuration interaction method in the polarizable continuum model", J. Chem. Phys. 134, 104109 (2011)
6. R. Cammi, “Coupled-cluster theory for the polarizable continuum model. III. A response theory for molecules in solution“, Int. J. Quantum Chem., 112, 2547 (2012)
7. R. Cammi, “Recent Advances in the Coupled-Cluster Analytical Derivatives Theory for Molecules in Solution Described Within the Polarizable Continuum Model (PCM) Method. Adv. Quantum Chem., 64, 1-29 (2012)
8. R. Cammi, C. Cappelli, B. Mennucci, J. Tomasi, Calculation and analysis of the harmonic vibrational frequencies in molecules at extreme pressure: Methodology and diborane as a test case J. Chem.Phys. 137, 154112 (2012).
9. M. Pagliai, G. Cardini, R. Cammi, ``Vibrational Frequencies of Fullerenes C60and C70under Pressure Studied with a Quantum Chemical Model Including Spatial Confinement Effects'', J. Phys. Chem. A, 118, 5098 (2014).
10. R. Cammi, “The Virial Theorem for the Polarizable Continuum Model”, J. Chem. Phys. 140, 084112(2014)
11. S. Pipolo, S. Corni, R. Cammi, “The cavity electromagnetic field within the polarizable continuum model of solvation.”, J. Chem. Phys., 140, 164114 (2014)
12. S. Pipolo, S. Corni, R. Cammi, "The Cavity Electromagnetic Field within the Polarizable Continuum Model of Solvation: an application to the Real-Time Time-Dependent Density Functional Comp.Theor. Chem. 1040-1041, 112 (2014)
13. S. Pipolo, S. Corni, R. Cammi, “Equation of Motion for the Solvent Polarization Apparent Charges in the Polarizable Continuum Model: Application to Real-Time TDDFT . “, J. Phs. Chem. A, 119, 5405 (2015)
14. R. Fukuda, M. Ehara, R. Cammi, ``Modeling Molecular Systems at Extreme Pressure by an Extension of the Polarizable Continuum Model (PCM) Based on the Symmetry-Adapted Cluster-Configuration Interaction (SAC–CI) Method: Confined Electronic Excited States of Furan as a Test Case'', J. Chem. Theo. Comp., 11, 2063 (2015)
15. R. Cammi, " A New Extension of the Polarizable Continuum Model: Toward a Quantum Chemical Description of Chemical Reactions at Extreme High Pressure”, J. Comp. Chem. 36, 2246 (2015).
16. B. Chen, R. Hoffmann, R. Cammi, The Effect of Pressure on Organic Reactions in Fluids-a New Theoretical Perspective, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 56, 11126 (2017)
17 R. Cammi, The Quantum Chemical Study of Chemical Reactions at Extreme High Pressure by Means of the Extreme-Pressure Polarizable Continuum Model, Ann. Rep. Comp. Chem., 13, 117 (2017)
18. R. Cammi, J. Tomasi, Quantum Cluster Theory for the Polarizable Continuum Model (PCM)”. In Handbook of Computational Chemistry (2nd Ed.) Springer, (2017)
19, R. Cammi, "Quantum Chemistry at the High Pressures: The eXtreme Pressure Polarizable Continuum Model (XP-PCM, In Frontiers of Quantum Chemistry, pp. 273-288, Springer, (2018)

Books (past 10-Years)
1. R. Cammi, Molecular response functions for the Polarizable Continuum Model, Springer , 2013.
Organization Duties
Editorial:1. Co-Editor of the book Continuum solvation models in Chemical Physics; from theory to applications, Wiley, New York, 2008.
2. Regular referee of several international journals (J. Chem. Phys., J. Phys.Chem.A,B,C, Chem. Phys., Chem. Phys. Lett., J. Comp. Chem., Phys.Chem.Chem.Phys.)
University Organization:
1. President of the “Consiglio di Corso di Laurea in Chimica” 2004 -2007.
2. Head of the Ph.D. course in Chemical Science, 2013-2017
3. Member of the committee for the “Abilitazione Scientifica Nazionale” (SSD CHIM/02) during the period 2013-2016.
Invited Presentations (past 10-Years)
1. 16th Conference on Current Trends in Computational Chemistry, 2-3 Nov, 20007, Jackson, MS, USA
2. International Conference of Computational Methods in Science and Engineering 2008, Crete
3. Theories of Solvation with Quantum Chemistry workshop, Institute of Mathematics and Applications, December 2008, Minneapolis
4. International Conference of Computational Methods in Science and Engineering 2009, Crete
5. XVI International Workshop on Quantum Systems in Chemistry and Physics, Sept. 6-10, 2011, Kanazawa, Japan
6. 20th Conference on Current Trends in Computational Chemistry, 2-3 November 2011, Jackson, MS, USA;
7. 8th International Symposium on Theoretical Physical Chemistry, 24-3o August 2013, Budapest, Hungary;
8. ACS Fall Meeting, Boston, August 2015;
9. Cornell University, Ithaca, USA, August 2015 and March 2016

Scientific collaborations
Prof. Roald Hoffmann and Dr. Bo Chen, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA)
Prof. Martin Rahm, Chalmers University, Sweden
Prof. M. Ehara, Institute Molecular Science, Okazaki, Japan
Prof. R. Fukuda, University of Kyoto, Japan
Prof. H. Nakatsuji, Institute Quantum Chemical Research, Kyoto, Japan
Prof. S. Corni, University of Padua, Italy
Prof. G. Cardini, Prof. M. Pagliai, and Prof. V. Schettino, University of Florence, Italy

Prizes and Recognitions:
1) Academic Collaborators of Gaussian Inc., USA, computational chemistry software company, since 1996.
2) Visiting professor at the Institute of Mathematics and Applications, November-December 2008, Minneapolis, USA

Responsibility for financial grants:
1) Local PI for several financed PRIN national projects : (years 2007-2005-2003-2001)
2) Local PI for a financed FIRB 2001 national project

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2021/2022

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2020/2021

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2019/2020

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2018/2019

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2017/2018

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2016/2017

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2015/2016

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2014/2015

Anno accademico di erogazione: 2013/2014


  • First cycle degree (DM 270) Chemistry A.Y. 2021/2022
  • First cycle degree (DM 270) CHEMISTRY A.Y. 2020/2021
  • First cycle degree (DM 270) CHEMISTRY A.Y. 2019/2020
  • First cycle degree (DM 270) CHEMISTRY A.Y. 2018/2019
  • First cycle degree (DM 270) CHEMISTRY A.Y. 2017/2018
  • First cycle degree (DM 270) CHEMISTRY A.Y. 2016/2017
  • Second cycle degree CHEMISTRY A.Y. 2015/2016
  • Second cycle degree Chemistry A.Y. 2014/2015
  • First cycle degree (DM 270) CHEMISTRY A.Y. 2014/2015


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43124 PARMA