The CRECK Modeling Group

Detailed kinetic mechanisms and CFD of reacting flows

Matteo PelucchiMatteo Pelucchi

PhD Candidate

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

Phone: +390223994716

Fax: +390270638173

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Research interests

My research activity focuses on the kinetic modeling of pyrolysis and combustion of fossil and biofuels, and kinetic modelling of pollutants formation. In particular, my current research activities cover the following fields:

  • Development and assessment of detailed kinetic mechanisms
  • Lumping of kinetic mechanisms
  • Ab initio rate constants calculation
  • Experimental measurements of Ignition Delay times in Shock Tubes and Rapid Compression Machines (in collaboration with Combustion Chemistry Centre, National University of Ireland, Galway)


Teaching activities

Combustion and formation of pollutants (Teaching Assistant)


Education profile

  • January 2016-August 2016: Visiting Graduate, Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, IL, USA
  • November 2013-Present. Ph.D. in Industrial Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Politecnico di Milano
  • June 2013-November 2013. Research Grant at Politecnico di Milano for the development of detailed chemical kinetic models to describe the oxidation
  • March 2012-August 2012. Visiting student in the research group of Prof. Henry Curran, Combustion Chemistry Centre, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland. Experimental ignition delay time measurements (Shock Tubes and Rapid Compression Machines) and kinetic modeling of aldehydes oxidation, Master Thesis.
  • 2010-2013. Master Degree in Chemical Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano (April 2013). Thesis title: "Experimental and kinetic modeling study of n-butanal and n-pentanal auto-ignition in shock tubes". Advisors: Prof. Tiziano Faravelli, Prof. Henry Curran and Prof. Eliseo Ranzi.
  • 2007-2010. Bachelor Degree in Chemical Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano (September 2010). Thesis title: "Modelli di surrogati per combustibili aeronautici" [Surrogate models for avio-fuels]. Advisors: Prof. Tiziano Faravelli and Prof. Alberto Cuoci.


Recent publications

  • M. Pelucchi, C. Cavallotti, E. Ranzi, A. Frassoldati, T. Faravelli "Relative reactivity of oxygenated fuels: alcohols, aldehydes, ketons and methyl esters. Energy & Fuels, in press, 2016. DOI: 10.1021/acs.energyfuels.6b01171
  • M. Pelucchi, E. Ranzi, A. Frassoldati, T. Faravelli "Alkyl radicals rule the low temperature oxidation of long chain aldehydes". Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, in press, 2016. DOI: 10.1016/j.proci.2016.05.051
  • P.E.A. Debiagi, G. Gentile, M. Pelucchi, A. Frassoldati, A. Cuoci, T. Faravelli, E. Ranzi, "Detailed kinetic mechanism of gas-phase reactions of volatiles released from biomass pyrolysis", Biomass and Bioenergy, Volume 93, October 2016, Pages 60-71. DOI: 10.1016/j.biombioe.2016.06.015
  • M.S. Bernardi, M. Pelucchi, A. Stagni, A. Cuoci, L.M. Sangalli, A. Frassoldati, P. Secchi, T. Faravelli "Curve Matching, a generalized framework for models/experiments comparison: an application to n-heptane combustion kinetic mechanisms". Combustion and Flame, Volume 168, June 2016, Pages 186-203.
  • D. Nativel, M. Pelucchi, A. Frassoldati, A. Comandini, A. Cuoci, E. Ranzi, N. Chaumeix, T. Faravelli, "Laminar flame speeds of pentanol isomers: An experimental and modeling study" Combustion and Flame, Volume 166, April 2016, Pages 1-18
  • Pelucchi, M., Frassoldati, A., Faravelli, T., Ruscic, B., Glarborg, P., "High-temperature chemistry of HCl and Cl2", Combustion and Flame, 162 (6), pp. 2693-2704 (2015), DOI: 10.1016/j.combustflame.2015.04.002
  • Ranzi E., Cavallotti C., Cuoci A., Frassoldati A., Pelucchi M., Faravelli T., "New reaction classes in the kinetic modeling of the low temperature oxidation of n-alkanes", Combustion and Flame, 162 (5), pp. 1679-1691 (2015), DOI:10.1016/j.combustflame.2014.11.030
  • Pelucchi M., Bissoli M., Cavallotti C., Cuoci A., Faravelli T., Frassoldati A., Ranzi E., Stagni A., "An improved kinetic model of the low temperature oxidation of n-heptane". Energy Fuels, 28 (11), pp. 7178-7193 (2014), DOI: 10.1021/ef501483f
  • Pelucchi M., Somers K. P., Burke U., Yasunaga K., Frassoldati A., Ranzi E., Curran H. J., Faravelli T., "An experimental and kinetic modelling study of nC3-C5 aldehydes pyrolysis and oxidation in shock tubes". Combustion and Flame, 162 (2), 265-286 (2015), DOI:10.1016/j.combustflame.2014.07.027
  • Ranzi E., Frassoldati A., Stagni A., Pelucchi M., Cuoci A., Faravelli T., "Reduced kinetic schemes of complex reaction systems: Fossil and biomass-derived transportation fuels", International Journal of Chemical Kinetics, 46 (9), pp. 512-542, (2014), DOI: 10.1002/kin.20867


Volume 168, June 2016, Pages 186-203