Prof. Matteo Maestri

EDUCATION

-2008: Ph.D. in Industrial Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (cum Laude – advisor: Prof. E. Tronconi), Politecnico di Milano, Italy
-2004: Master of Science in Chemical Engineering (cum laude), Politecnico di Milano, Italy

NATIONAL POSITIONS

-2019 – present: Full Professor of Chemical Engineering, Dept. of Energy, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
-2015 – 2019: Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering, Dept. of Energy, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
-2008 – 2015: Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, Dept. of Energy, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

INTERNATIONAL POSITIONS

-2011: Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, Department of Chemistry, TU München, Germany
-2009 – 2010: Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, Fritz-Haber-Institut, Max Planck Society, Berlin, Germany
-2009: Visiting Scholar, Fritz-Haber-Institut, Max Planck Society, Berlin, Germany
-2006 – 2007: Visiting Scholar, Department of Chemical Engineering, Center for Catalytic Science and Technology, University of Delaware, Newark (USA)

HONORS/AWARDS

2019: selected for I&EC Research’s 2019 Class of Influential Researchers
2018: selected for the Reaction Chemistry and Engineering “2019 Emerging Investigators special issue”, Royal Society of Chemistry
2018: Pregl Lecture, Kemijski inštitut, National Institute of Chemistry – Ljubljana, Slovenia
2017: Listed in the selection of Italy’s 100 best under-40 researchers currently active both in Italy and abroad, CARTADITALIA – Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Brussels
2016: selected for a Feature Article in Chemical Communications, Royal Society of Chemistry
2016: ERC Starting Grant – ERC, European Research Council
2016: selected for the Early Career Series of ChemPlusChem, Wiley
2015: SIR (Scientific Independence of Young Researchers) – MIUR, Rome
2012: Young Scientist Award at the 15th International Congress on Catalysis (Munich, Germany, July 1-6, 2012), presented by the International Association of Catalysis Societies (IACS).
2010: Young Researcher Award at the 21st International Symposium on Chemical Reaction Engineer (ISCRE), June 13-16, 2010, Philadelphia, USA
2009: Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship
2008: Young Scientist Award at the 14th International Congress on Catalysis (Seoul, Korea, July 13-18, 2008), presented by the International Association of Catalysis Societies (IACS).

PUBLICATION DETAILS and RESEARCH INTERESTS

The full list of publications can be retrieved from my ORCID link and from Scopus.

During my research activity, I have developed interdisciplinary and multiscale skills and expertise, spanning from macroscopic chemical reaction engineering to first-principles studies addressing elementary processes at the nanoscale. This research experience was gained in an interdisciplinary corridor between catalysis and reaction engineering and between physical chemistry (semi-empirical and first-principles methods) and chemical engineering (transport phenomena, applied mathematics, numerical analysis) in close interaction with kinetic experiments.

My main active research areas are:

  • first principles multiscale modeling of catalytic chemical processes: development of methodologies for coupling atomistic simulations and chemical reaction engineering and their application in the context of heterogeneous catalysis;
  • microkinetic modeling and analysis (CH4 activation; CO2 activation; syngas production at short-contact-times): detailed mechanistic studies and microkinetic development of catalytic processes.
  • computational fluid dynamics of reacting flows: development and application of a numerical framework for the multiscale analysis of chemical processes (catalyticfoam.polimi.it);
    operando-Raman kinetic studies and analysis: coupling between spectroscopy and kinetic measurements in order to include structure-effects in kinetic analysis of catalytic processes.

ORGANISATION OF SCIENTIFIC MEETINGS

-2018: organizer (together with prof. J. Thybaut, Gent University) of the International workshop “Bridging Laboratory Chemical Kinetics to Industrial Scale Reactors – 2nd edition”, Firenze, May 23-27, 2018
-2017: member of the organizing committee of ISCRE 25 (International Symposium of Chemical Reaction Engineering), Firenze, Italy, May 20-23, 2018
-2017: organizer (together with prof. J. Thybaut, Gent University) of the International workshop “Bridging Laboratory Chemical Kinetics to Industrial Scale Reactors”, Firenze, August 23-25, 2017
-2015: member of the International Scientific Committee of ISCRE 24 (International Symposium of Chemical Reaction Engineering), Minneapolis, USA, June 12-15, 2016
-2013: organizer (together with G. Groppi, E. Tronconi) of the European Colloquium on Chemical Reaction Engineering 2013 – “First-principles methods in Chemical Reaction Engineering”, Politecnico di Milano, Italy, October 17-18, 2013 – sponsored by the European Federation of Chemical Engineering (EFCE).
-2011: organizer (together with R. Horn and K. Reuter) of DeMiR 2011: From Detailed Microkinetics to the ReactorEuropean Workshop on Multiscale Catalytic Reactor Engineering, TUM, Munich, September 6, 2011