Marco Fornari
Department of Physics
Dow Science Complex 228

Marco Fornari is a professor in the Department of Physics at Central Michigan University. He studied in Pavia and Trieste (Italy) earning a “laurea in physics” in 1992, a specialized degree in Science and Technology of Materials in 1995 and a PhD in 1998. He worked as a research associate at the Naval Research Laboratory until 2001 and served as Program Officer at the NSF in the Division of Materials Research in 2009.


  • Ph.D., Physics, Trieste, Italy, 1998
  • M.S., Materials Science & Technology, Pavia, Italy, 1994
  • Laurea in Physics, Pavia, Italy, 1992

Research Fields

  • Theoretical condensed matter physics, especially the electronic structure problem and related properties
  • First principles calculations using density functional theory
  • Design of novel ferroelectric, thermoelectric, and photovoltaics materials

Teaching Interests

  • Courses with theoretical and mathematical emphasis at undergraduate and graduate level, e.g. Introduction to Mathematical Physics, Solid State Physics, Advanced Mechanics, Methods of Theoretical Physics. 
  • “Soft skills” courses such as Careers in the Physical Sciences and Computations in Physics.