The CRECK Modeling Group

Detailed kinetic mechanisms and CFD of reacting flows

Alberto CuociAlberto Cuoci

Associate Professor

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

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Institutional web-page: @Polimi

GitHub: @acuoci

Linkedin: @alberto-cuoci


Research interests

My main scientific interests are in the field of numerical modeling of reactive flows with detailed kinetics, with special emphasis on emissions of pollutants (NOx and soot) from combustion devices. During my research activity, I have especially developed skills and expertise on numerical methods/techniques for including detailed chemistry in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD).

I am currently working on the development of OpenSMOKE++ (, a general framework for numerical simulations of reacting systems with complex chemistry, adopted by many academic research groups worldwide.

I am also interested in the multiscale analysis of catalytic processes and numerical modeling of heterogeneous catalytic reactors. In this context, I am actively involved in the development of catalyticFOAM (, a CFD code specifically conceived for the simulation of catalytic reactors with microkinetic description of surface reactivity.



Advanced Transport Phenomena

Chemical Reaction Engineering (2014-2022)

Computational Fluid Dynamics of Reactive Flows (2016-2022)


External links

OpenSMOKE++: a general framework for numerical simulations of reacting systems with detailed kinetic mechanisms

catalyticFOAM: a multidimensional CFD solver for laminar reacting flows with heterogeneous reactions


Most recent publications

HM Colmán, A Cuoci, N Darabiha, B Fiorina, A virtual chemistry model for soot prediction in flames including radiative heat transfer (2022), Combustion and Flame 238, 111879, DOI: 10.1016/j.combustflame.2021.111879

A Nobili, A Cuoci, W Pejpichestakul, M Pelucchi, C Cavallotti, T Faravelli, Modeling soot particles as stable radicals: a chemical kinetic study on formation and oxidation. Part I. Soot formation in ethylene laminar premixed and counterflow diffusion flames (2022), Combustion and Flame, 112073, DOI: 10.1016/j.combustflame.2022.112073

A Nobili, W Pejpichestakul, M Pelucchi, A Cuoci, C Cavallotti, T Faravelli, Modeling soot particles as stable radicals: a chemical kinetic study on formation and oxidation. Part II. Soot oxidation in flow reactors and laminar flames (2022), Combustion and Flame, 112072, DOI: 10.1016/j.combustflame.2022.112072

Dogu, O., Pelucchi, M., Van de Vijver, R., Van Steenberge, P.H.M., D'hooge, D.R., Cuoci, A., Mehl, M., Frassoldati, A., Faravelli, T., Van Geem, K.M., The chemistry of chemical recycling of solid plastic waste via pyrolysis and gasification: State-of-the-art, challenges, and future directions (2021) Progress in Energy and Combustion Science, 84, art. no. 100901, DOI: 10.1016/j.pecs.2020.100901

Fürst, M., Bertolino, A., Cuoci, A., Faravelli, T., Frassoldati, A., Parente, A., OptiSMOKE++: A toolbox for optimization of chemical kinetic mechanisms (2021) Computer Physics Communications, 264, art. no. 107940, DOI: 10.1016/j.cpc.2021.107940

Cuoci, A., Avedisian, C.T., Brunson, J.D., Guo, S., Dalili, A., Wang, Y., Mehl, M., Frassoldati, A., Seshadri, K., Dec, J.E., Lopez-Pintor, D., Simulating combustion of a seven-component surrogate for a gasoline/ethanol blend including soot formation and comparison with experiments (2021) Fuel, 288, art. no. 119451, DOI: 10.1016/j.fuel.2020.119451

Saufi, A.E., Frassoldati, A., Faravelli, T., Cuoci, A., Interface-resolved simulation of the evaporation and combustion of a fuel droplet suspended in normal gravity (2021) Fuel, 287, art. no. 119413, DOI: 10.1016/j.fuel.2020.119413

D’Alessio, G., Attili, A., Cuoci, A., Pitsch, H., Parente, A., Unsupervised Data Analysis of Direct Numerical Simulation of a Turbulent Flame via Local Principal Component Analysis and Procustes Analysis (2021) Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, 1268 AISC, pp. 460-469, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-57802-2_44

Dalili, A., Brunson, J.D., Guo, S., Turello, M., Pizzetti, F., Badiali, L., Avedisian, C.T., Seshadri, K., Cuoci, A., Williams, F.A., Frassoldati, A., Hicks, M.C., The role of composition in the combustion of n-heptane/iso-butanol mixtures: experiments and detailed modelling (2020) Combustion Theory and Modelling, 24 (6), pp. 1002-1020, DOI: 10.1080/13647830.2020.1800823

D'Alessio, G., Cuoci, A., Aversano, G., Bracconi, M., Stagni, A., Parente, A., Impact of the partitioning method on multidimensional adaptive-chemistry simulations (2020) Energies, 13 (10), art. no. 2567, DOI: 10.3390/en13102567

Shamooni, A., Cuoci, A., Faravelli, T., Sadiki, A., An a priori DNS analysis of scale similarity based combustion models for LES of non-premixed jet flames (2020) Flow, Turbulence and Combustion, 104 (2-3), pp. 605-624, DOI: 10.1007/s10494-019-00099-9

Bodor, A.L., Cuoci, A., Faravelli, T., Franzelli, B., A forward approach for the validation of soot sizing models using laser-induced incandescence (LII) (2020) Applied Physics B: Lasers and Optics, 126 (3), art. no. 49, DOI: 10.1007/s00340-020-7383-9

D'Alessio, G., Parente, A., Stagni, A., Cuoci, A., Adaptive chemistry via pre-partitioning of composition space and mechanism reduction (2020) Combustion and Flame, 211, pp. 68-82, DOI: 10.1016/j.combustflame.2019.09.010

Shamooni, A., Cuoci, A., Faravelli, T., Sadiki, A., New Dynamic Scale Similarity Based Finite-Rate Combustion Models for LES and a priori DNS Assessment in Non-premixed Jet Flames with High Level of Local Extinction (2020) Flow, Turbulence and Combustion, 104 (1), pp. 233-260, DOI: 10.1007/s10494-019-00060-w

Maio, G., Cailler, M., Cuoci, A., Fiorina, B., A virtual chemical mechanism for prediction of NO emissions from flames (2020) Combustion Theory and Modelling, DOI: 10.1080/13647830.2020.1772509