Prof. Matteo Maestri


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





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

My group is part of the Laboratory of Catalysis and Catalytic Processes of the Politecnico di Milano.

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 (;
  • operando-Raman kinetic studies and analysis: coupling between spectroscopy and kinetic measurements in order to include structure-effects in kinetic analysis of catalytic processes.


As principal investigator (PI), I have participated in research projects with an overall funding in excess of 3,000,000 Euro in the last five years sponsored by industry (10%), European Commission (22%), European Research Council (48%), Italian Government (17%) and US Government (3%). I am PI of several projects (internationally peer-reviewed) at national and international supercomputing centers, with an overall amount of cpu-hours granted in the last 5 years in excess of 20 Mio.

List of main active projects:

  1. ERC-SHAPE (677423): “Structure-dependent microkinetic modeling of heterogeneous catalytic processes
  2. H2020-ReaxPro (814416): “Software Platform for Multiscale Modelling of Reactive Materials and Processes
  3. MIUR-FARE – Spoon (Framework per l’attrazione e il rafforzamento delle eccellenze per la ricerca in Italia): “Surface Plasmon Resonance for the in-operando characterization of shape and size of supported nanoparticles
  4. ARPA-E – Department of Energy, USA: Converting hydrocarbons to recyclable lightweight automotive structures with positive hydrogen power output
  5. H2020-MSCA-IF-EF-ST-2018: Multiscale modelling of the methanol to hydrocarbon (MTH) reaction
  6. H2020-MSCA-IF-EF-ST-2018: Rational Design for Coke-resistant Dry Reforming Catalyst using Combined Theory and Operando Raman Experiments
  7. ERC-Proof-of-Concept 2021: “Operando-Spectroscopy Annular Reactor For Spectro-Kinetic Analysis In Heterogeneous Catalysis


  • 2021-present: member of the Editorial Advisory Board of ACS Engineering, American Chemical Society
  • 2019-2021: Vice-Chair of the CHEMREACTOR-24 Program Committee, XXIV International Conference on Chemical Reactors, Milano, September 2020
  • 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