Paul Francis Mantica

Paul Francis  Mantica
  • University Distinguished Professor
  • Chemistry
  • National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory


Paul F. Mantica, professor of chemistry and deputy project manager of the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) at MSU, is a world-renowned nuclear physical chemist known for his research on beta decay and electromagnetic moments of rare isotopes carried out at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL). Mantica holds joint appointments in the Department of Chemistry and FRIB. 

Mantica received his B.S. in chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, his Ph.D. in nuclear chemistry from University of Maryland, College Park, and was in the Department of Energy Postgraduate Research Training Program at Oak Ridge Associated Universities. He also served as staff scientist for the University Isotope Separator at Oak Ridge from 1993 to 1995.

Mantica’s honors include election as a fellow of the American Physical Society and American Chemical Society. He was also recognized with the Outstanding Academic Advisor Award from the MSU College of Natural Science.