The CRECK Modeling Group

Detailed kinetic mechanisms and CFD of reacting flows

Giancarlo GentileGiancarlo Gentile

PhD Candidate

Department of Chemistry, Materials, and Chemical Engineering, Politecnico di Milano

Phone: +390223993243

Fax: +390270638173

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Research interests

My research activity is focused on the modeling processes for the thermo-valorization of solid fuels, like coal, biomass and waste. In particular, I am working on the development of a comprehensive CFD tool able to support the technological implementation of new processes for the effective exploitation of solid fuels potential. The new code is developed within the OpenFOAM® framework and it is able to model pyrolysis, gasification and combustion both at particle and reactor scales. Particular attention is being given to the modeling of moving unstructured meshes, in order to describe the shrinking due to decomposition of solid porous media.


Teaching activities

Error Analysis (Teaching Assistant)


Education profile

  • November 2013 – Present. Ph.D. in Industrial Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Politecnico di Milano
  • June – July 2013. Internship at BASF in Ludwigshafen (Germany). Fluid Dynamics - Reactive Flows Department
  • 2011 – 2013. Master of Science in Chemical Engineering at Politecnico di Milano. Thesis title: “An efficient computational framework for the advanced modeling and design of industrial catalytic reactors”. Advisors: Prof. Alberto Cuoci and Prof. Matteo Maestri
  • 2008-2013. Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering at Politecnico di Milano. Thesis title: “Ossidazione e Gassificazione di Carbone in reattore Drop Tube”. Advisor: Prof. Eliseo Ranzi


Recent publications

  • Debiagi P.E., Pecchi C., Gentile G., Frassoldati A., Cuoci A., Faravelli T., Ranzi E., “Extractives extend the applicability of multistep kinetic scheme of biomass pyrolysis”, Energy and Fuels, In press (2015), DOI: 10.1021/acs.energyfuels.5b01753
  • Gentile G., Cuoci A., Frassoldati A., Faravelli T., Ranzi E., “A comprehensive CFD model for the biomass pyrolysis”, Chemical Engineering Transactions. In press (2015)
  • Maffei T., Gentile G., Rebughini S., Bracconi M., Manelli F., Lipp S., Cuoci A., Maestri M., " A multiregion operator-splitting CFD approach for coupling microkinetic modeling with internal porous transport in heterogeneous catalytic reactors”, Chemical Engineering Journal (2015), DOI: 10.1016/j.cej.2015.08.08
  • Maffei T., Rebughini S., Gentile G., Lipp S., Cuoci A., Maestri M., "CFD analysis of the channel shape effect in monolith catalysts for the CH4 partial oxidation on Rh", Chemie-Ingenieur-Technik (2014), DOI: 10.1002/cite.201400013