People

Principal Investigator

Prof. Matteo Maestri

Matteo Maestri (born in Bergamo, Italy in 1980) is a Full Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano (Dipartimento di Energia), Italy. He received the Ph.D. summa cum laude in Chemical Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano in 2008. From June 2006 to July 2007 he has been visiting scholar at the Center for Catalytic Science and Technology-Department of Chemical Engineering of the University of Delaware (USA). He has been Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft in Berlin, Germany (2009-2010) and at the Catalysis Research Center (CRC)-Department of Chemistry of the Technische Universität München, Germany (2011). His main research interests are fundamental analysis of catalytic kinetics and first-principles based multiscale modeling of complex catalytic processes. He is co-author of about 60 scientific publications on international peer-reviewed journals, volumes and conference proceedings. He is Principal Investigator of several public and industrial projects in the field of heterogeneous catalysis and multiscale modeling.


Academic staff

Dr. Mauro Bracconi

Mauro Bracconi (born in Brescia, Italy in 1990) is an Assistant Professor (RTD-A) at the Politecnico di Milano (Energy Department). He received the Ph.D. summa cum laude in Chemical Engineer at the Politecnico di Milano in 2018. From February 2017 to July 2017, he has been visiting scholar at School of Chemical Engineering & Analytical Science, University of Manchester (UK). In 2018, he has been awarded for his Ph.D. thesis receiving the third prize of the “Ph.D. award” issued by the Department of Chemistry, Material, and Chemical Engineering (Politecnico di Milano). His main research interests are related to the numerical modeling of heterogeneous catalytic systems and to the analysis of transport phenomena in catalytic supports.

Member of SHAPE since November 2018.

Main role within SHAPE project: first-principles-based multiscale modeling of catalytic processes.


Prof. Alessandro Donazzi

Alessandro Donazzi (born in Milano, Italy in 1982) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Energy at Politecnico di Milano, Italy. He received the Ph.D. summa cum laude in Chemical Engineering at Politecnico di Milano in 2009. He was a visiting scholar at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science (CEMS) of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, USA (from July 2007 to August 2008). His research interests are in the fields of heterogeneous electrocatalysis and catalysis, model and experimental analysis of chemical kinetics and transport phenomena, model analysis of electrocatalytic cells and catalytic reactors. His current activity is focused on Solid Oxide Fuel Cells for direct hydrocarbon oxidation and on reforming reactions for the catalytic production of hydrogen. He is the co-author of about 30 scientific publications on international peer reviewed journals.


Dr. Giulio Cordaro – Postdoctoral fellow

Giulio Cordaro (born in Milano, Italy in 1990) is Post-doctoral fellow at Politecnico di Milano since 2019. He is receiving his Doctor’s degree in Materials Engineering at Politecnico di Milano, CMIC department, on the preparation and characterization of innovative and active materials for oxygen electrodes in intermediate-temperature solid oxide fuel cells. He is mainly interested in the synthesis of advanced ceramic material, samples production, and testing.

Member of SHAPE since April 2019.

Main role within SHAPE project: samples production and configuration improvements.


Dr. Zhao-Bin Ding – Postdoctoral fellow

Zhao-Bin Ding (born in Xi’an, China in 1989) is Post-doctoral fellow at Politecnico di Milano, Italy since 2016. He received his Doctor’s degree in the College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering at Peking University with a thesis on the study of electronic structure and reactivity on bimetallic surfaces. He is mainly interested in multiscale modeling of catalytic systems and simulating vibrational spectrum on the metal surfaces.

Member of SHAPE since April 2017.

Main role within SHAPE project: first-principles calculations of reaction pathways and of Raman spectra.


Raffaele Cheula – Ph.D. Student

Raffaele Cheula (born in Milano, Italy in 1992) is a Ph.D. student in Chemical Engineering and Industrial Chemistry at Politecnico di Milano since 2016. He received his Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Politecnico di Milano with a thesis on the study of morphological changes of heterogeneous catalyst nanoparticles in reacting conditions. He is mainly interested in multiscale modeling of catalytic systems.

Member of SHAPE since November 2016.

Main role within SHAPE project: first-principles study of the morphology of catalyst nanoparticles in reacting conditions.


Gianluca Moroni – Ph.D. Student

Gianluca Moroni (born in Brescia, Italy in 1991) is a Ph.D. student in Chemical Engineering and Industrial Chemistry at Politecnico di Milano since 2017. He received his Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Politecnico di Milano with a thesis on the study of structure influence on DeNOx activity of SCR Cu-based catalysts. He is mainly interested in heterogeneous catalysis and structure-dependent microkinetic analysis of catalytic processes.

Member of SHAPE since November 2017.

Main role within SHAPE project: Study of noble metal based catalysts in methane steam and dry-reforming reactions with operando-techniques.


Riccardo Uglietti – Ph.D. Student

Riccardo Uglietti (born in Magenta, Italy in 1993) is a Ph.D. student in Chemical Engineering and Industrial Chemistry at Politecnico di Milano since 2017. He received his Master’s degree summa cum laude in Chemical Engineering from Politecnico di Milano with a thesis on the multiscale modelling of fluidized bed reactors. He is mainly interested in computational fluid dynamics multiscale modeling of catalytic systems.

Member of SHAPE since November 2017.

Main role within SHAPE project: multiscale modeling of dynamics of nanoparticles in chemical reactors.


Support Team

For the development of specific aspects of the project (e.g. design of new instrumentation and rigs), the SHAPE team exploits selected expertise of Professors
and Researchers of Laboratory of Catalysis and Catalytic Processes (Prof. Pio Forzatti) of the Laboratory of Molecular Dynamics and Vibrational Spectroscopy (Prof. M. Tommasini) of Politecnico di Milano, under the coordination of the PI, Matteo Maestri.


Administrative Support

Administrative support to the project is provided by the Servizio Ricerca of Politecnico di Milano (Dr.ssa Pamela Cammarata – Dr.ssa Alice Meroni – Dr.ssa Claudia Raimondi).


Visiting Professors and Scholars

Prof. Enrique Iglesia (April 2019) – University of California at Berkeley, USA

Prof. Niket Kaisare (May – July 2016) – IIT-Madras, India

Varun Surendran (September – December 2019) – McGill University, Canada

Peter Tancini (May – August 2016) – University of Pittsburgh, PA, USA