Mauro Bracconi, Ph.D.


  • 2017: Ph.D. in Industrial Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (summa cum Laude – advisor: Prof. E. Tronconi), Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  • 2014: Master of Science in Chemical Engineering (summa cum laude), Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  • 2012: Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering (summa cum laude), Politecnico di Milano, Italy

International positions

  • 2017: Visiting Scholar, Department of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Sciences, University of Manchester, UK
  • 2014: Intern, Reactive Flow Department, BASF, Ludwigshafen, Germany

Publication details and research interests

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

His research topic is the fundamental multi-scale modeling of fixed catalytic reactor. During his research activity, he has developed interdisciplinary skills ranging from the computational fluid dynamic (CFD) to heterogeneous catalysis. In particular, the fundamental analysis of novel reactor technologies by means of CFD aiming at increasing the understanding of structured catalytic supports is his main research topic. In this view, the development of numerical methods enabling the multi-scale comprehension of the phenomena is crucial and paved the way to an increase complex interaction between chemistry and transport.

Organisation of scientific meetings

  • 2017: Co-organizer of Vecchio school, Summer school on Multiscale Catalytic Reaction Engineering, Firenze (organized by M. Maestri, M. Bracconi, K. Toch and J. Thybaut)


  • CINECA Supercomputing Center (Bologna, Italy) – project: EFREACT – IMPROVEMENT OF THE COMPUTATIONAL EFFICIENCY OF A CFD FRAMEWORK FOR THE SIMULATION OF CATALYTIC REACTORS – from September 2016 to June 2017 – Grant: 50000 CPU hours
  • CINECA Supercomputing Center (Bologna, Italy) – project: TRANFOAM – CFD MODELING OF PRESSURE DROPS AND TRANSPORT PHENOMENA IN OPEN-CELL FOAMS AS INNOVATIVE CATALYST SUPPORTS – from October 2017 to July 2018 – Grant: 150000 CPU hours

Teaching experience

  • 2015-present: Teaching assistant, Industrial Organic Chemistry, Graduate, Chemical Engineering, Politecnico di Milano (subject: catalysis kinetics, thermodynamics, mass and energy balances, process analysis and design)
  • 2016-2017: Teaching assistant, Petroleum Technology and Biofuels, Graduate, Energy Engineering, Politecnico di Milano (subject: thermodynamics, mass and energy balances, industrial processes)