Luna Pratali Maffei

Assistant Professor

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

Phone: +390223993243

Fax: +390270638173

Research interests

My research activity focuses on fundamental chemical kinetics and its integration in kinetic modeling of large mechanisms for the pyrolysis and combustion of biofuels. In particular, my research focuses on:

  • Ab initio electronic structure calculations
  • Kinetic constant calculation
  • Lumping methods for the integration of ab initio kinetic constants into large mechanisms
  • Kinetic modeling of the combustion of oxygenated aromatics

Teaching activities

Chemical Reaction Engineering (Teaching Assistant and Tutor)

Error Analysis (Teaching Assistant)

Education Profile

March 2019. “Gabriele Corbelli” award for the MSc thesis.

November 2018-Present. Ph.D. in Industrial Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at Politecnico di Milano. Advisors: Prof. Carlo Cavallotti and Tiziano Faravelli.

July 2018. CCP5-CECAM Summer School of Molecular Simulation (Lancaster, UK). Poster presentation of the MSc Thesis.

2016-2018. Double Degree in Chemical Engineering at Alta Scuola Politecnica (Politecnico di Milano – Politecnico di Torino). Multidisciplinary Project: “SO3AS: Smart-based Catalytic Systems for Ozone Abatement”, sponsored by GRINP.

2016-2018. Master of Science in Chemical Engineering at Politecnico di Milano (October 2016). Thesis title: “Investigation of the Reaction of O(3P) with Alkenes: from Ab Initio Kinetic Constants to Rate Rules”. Advisor: Prof. Carlo Cavallotti.

March-July 2016. Visiting Student at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Thuwal, KSA. Research activity focused on the fabrication of organic thin film solar cells (Bachelor Thesis).

2013-2016. Bachelor Degree in Chemical and Materials Engineering at Universit√† degli Studi di Padova (September 2016). Thesis title: “Fabrication and Characterization of non-Fullerene Organic Photovoltaics with Complementary Absorption”. Advisors: Prof. Giovanna Brusatin and Doctor Yuliar Firdaus.