Prof. Matteo Maestri
Department of Energy, Politecnico di Milano
My main research interests are focused on multiscale modeling of chemical processes and fundamental kinetic modeling of heterogeneous catalysis, with special reference to catalytic partial oxidation and reforming of hydrocarbons for hydrogen production.
During my research activity, I have developed interdisciplinary skills and expertise at different scales, 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 particular, my current research activities cover the following fields:
Microkinetic modeling of heterogeneous catalysis: first-principles (electronic structure) calculation of kinetic parameters of elementary steps at surfaces - first-principles refinement of semi-empirical methods - hierarchical and multiscale methodologies for reaction path analysis and catalytic cycle identification
First-principles based chemical reaction engineering: coupling between microkinetic modeling and computational fluid dynamics - numerical analysis - transport phenomena in catalytic processes - chemical reactor analysis and design
- M. Maestri, A. Cuoci, Coupling CFD with detailed microkinetic modeling in heterogeneous catalysis, Chemical Engineering Science, 96 (2013) 106-117, DOI: 10.1016/j.ces.2013.03.048
- M. Maestri, K. Reuter, Semi-empirical rate constants for complex chemical kinetics: first principles assessment and rational refinement, Angewandte Chemie Int. Ed., 50 (2011) 1194 – 1197
- M. Maestri, D.G. Vlachos, A. Beretta, G. Groppi, E. Tronconi, Steam and Dry Reforming of Methane on Rh: microkinetic analysis and hierarchy of kinetic models, Journal of Catalysis, 259 (2008) 211-222
Advanced Catalytic Reactor Design (Instructor)
Organical Industrial Chemistry (Teaching Assistant)
Fundamental of Chemical Processes (Teaching Assistant)
Fundamental od Chemical Processes (EEE-WS) (Teaching Assistant)
2010-2011. Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the Technische Universität München (Munich, Germany). I have joined the group of Prof. Karsten Reuter (Lehrstuhl für Theoretische Chemie) to perform a postdoctoral research period on first principles statistical mechanics type studies for the fundamental investigation of surface catalytic phenomena.
2009-2010. Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the Fritz-Haber-Institute of the Max-Plank-Society (Berlin, Germany). I have joined the group of Prof. Karsten Reuter (Theory Department - Prof. M. Scheffler) to perform a postdoctoral research period on first principles statistical mechanics type studies for the fundamental investigation of surface catalytic phenomena.
2005-2008. Ph.D. in Industrial Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano (May 2008). Thesis title: "Short-contact-time Catalytic Partial Oxidation of Methane on Rh: reactor analysis and microkinetic modelling". Advisors: Prof. Enrico Tronconi, Prof. Alessandra Beretta, Prof. Gianpiero Groppi.
2006-2007. (University of Delaware, USA): visiting scholar in the research group of Professor D.G. Vlachos. I mainly worked on the metohodologies for the development of microkinetic modeling for heterogemeous catalysis.
1999-2004. Master Degree in Chemical Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano (October 2004). Thesis title: "Modellazione matematica di reattori catalitici a letto fisso per l'ossidazione parziale di metano" [Mathematical modeling of fixed-bed catalyitc reactors for the catalytic partial oxidation of methane]. Advisor: Prof. Enrico Tronconi