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:

  • Heterogeneous catalysis.
  • Multiscale modeling of catalytic chemical processes.
  • Kinetic modeling and analysis.
  • Computational fluid dynamics of reactive systems.
  • Density Functional Theory (DFT) electronic structure calculations of materials and chemical reactions.
  • Kinetic Monte Carlo simulations.
  • Operando kinetic experiments involving Raman and UV-vis spectroscopy.

In the last 5 years he has been the PI of several public (H2020, Horizon Europe, MIUR, PNRR-Next-generation-EU) research projects in excess of 4,000,000 Euro and more than 30,000,000 CPU hours in national and international HPC Centers. This includes 3 ERC grants (ERC StG 2015, ERC PoC 2020, ERC PoC 2022) and supervisors of 3 Marie Curie Individual fellowships (2 in 2018 and 1 in 2023).


  • 2022-present: Member of the Scientific Board, TUM Talent Factory, Technische Universität München, Germany
  • 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