The CatalyticFOAM project started at the Politecnico di Milano in September 2010 and involves 2 permanent researchers, Matteo Maestri (Department of Energy) and Alberto Cuoci (Department of Chemistry, Materials, and Chemical Engineering). Several students in Chemical Engineering joined our group for their M.Sc. Thesis and they are currently involved in the development and validation of the code.
Matteo Maestri (born in Bergamo, Italy in 1980) is a Full Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano (Dipartimento di Energia), Italy. He received the Ph.D. summa cum laude in Chemical Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano in 2008. From June 2006 to July 2007 he has been visiting scholar at the Center for Catalytic Science and Technology-Department of Chemical Engineering of the University of Delaware (USA). He has been Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft in Berlin, Germany (2009-2010) and at the Catalysis Research Center (CRC)-Department of Chemistry of the Technische Universität München, Germany (2011). His main research interests are fundamental analysis of catalytic kinetics and first-principles based multiscale modeling of complex catalytic processes. He is co-author of about 60 scientific publications on international peer reviewed journals, volumes and conference proceedings. He is Principal Investigator of several public and industrial projects in the field of heterogeneous catalysis and multiscale modelling.
Alberto Cuoci (born in Isernia, Italy in 1980) is Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano (Department of Chemistry, Materials, and Chemical Engineering), Italy. He received the Ph.D. summa cum laude in Chemical Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano in 2008. From October 2006 to August 2007 he has been visiting scholar at C-SAFE (Center for the Simulation of Accidental Fires and Explosions), University of Utah (USA). In 2009 he received the ENI Award 2009 “Debut in Research Prize”. His main research interests are focused on the development of detailed kinetic mechanisms for pyrolysis, combustion and oxidation of hydrocarbon fuels and on the numerical modeling of laminar reacting flows. He is co-author of about 90 scientific publications on international peer reviewed journals, volumes and conference proceedings.
Mauro Bracconi (born in Brescia, Italy in 1990) is working as researcher at the Politecnico di Milano (Energy Department). He received the Ph.D. summa cum laude in Chemical Engineer at the Politecnico di Milano in 2018. From February 2017 to July 2017, he has been visiting scholar at School of Chemical Engineering & Analytical Science, University of Manchester (UK). In 2018, he has been awarded for his Ph.D. thesis receiving the third prize of the “Ph.D. award” issued by the Department of Chemistry, Material and Chemical Engineering (Politecnico di Milano). His main research interest are related to the numerical modeling of heterogeneous catalytic systems, to the analysis of transport phenomena in catalytic supports, to machine learning for chemical reaction engineering and to multi-phase reactors.
Riccardo Uglietti (born in Magenta, Italy in 1993) is a Ph.D. student in Chemical Engineering and Industrial Chemistry at Politecnico di Milano since 2017.
He received his Master’s degree summa cum laude in Chemical Engineering from Politecnico di Milano with a thesis on the multiscale modelling of fluidized bed reactors.
He is mainly interested in computational fluid dynamics multiscale modeling of catalytic systems.