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Prof Paola Lettieri
Department of Chemical Engineering
University College London
Torrington Place
London WC1E 7JE
United Kingdom

Prof Paola Lettieri graduated in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Roma "La Sapienza" in 1994 and since then broadened her interest into Chemical Engineering working in fluidization at BP Chemicals Sunbury for five years. She was awarded a PhD from UCL in 1999. She then spent two years as a postdoctoral researcher in the Technology Engineering Division at BP Chemicals Sunbury working on the Computational Fluid Dynamics modelling of gas fluidized beds. She joined the department at UCL in January 2001 as a Research Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, she was promoted Reader in 2007 and is currently a Professor of Chemical Engineering.

Prof Lettieri is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and Chartered Engineer. She is committee member of the IChemE Particle Technology Subject Group (PTSG) and of IChemE Sustainability Subject Group (SSG), She is co-Leader of the Energy theme for the European Federation of Chemical Engineering (EFCE) Section on sustainability. She is member of the International Expert Group on LCA for Waste Management.

Prof Lettieri is member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Chemical Reactor Engineering (IJCRE) and of the Journal of Computational Multiphase Flows; and she is member of the EPSRC College.

Research Interests

Prof Lettieri has 18 years’ experience in Particle Technology and Fluidization focusing on industrial applications, energy and sustainability. She has led the Fluidization Research Group at UCL since 2003. Research activities are concerned with the prediction and control of fluidized beds behaviour at process conditions, spanning applications across the chemical, petrochemical, nuclear and energy-from-waste sector, as well as geo-physical systems. Her research spans experimental measurements, rheology, X-ray Imaging, and computational fluid-dynamics (CFD) simulations.

She has also recently created a new interdisciplinary research group on waste management and Life Cycle Assessment. She leads the LCA effort on an ETI funded project aimed at developing the first commercial scale gasification plant for enery from waste in UK, and within two major EPSRC funded grants: The UK Catalysis Hub (£3.3M) and the Centre for Nature Inspired Engineering (£5M).

Teaching Interests

Prof Lettieri is particularly interested in the implementation of the concept of sustainability in the chemical engineering curriculum. Today Chemical engineers have to juggle economics and safety with broader aspects of environmental issues, economic development, and social responsibility. Prof Lettieri is particularly interested in providing new teaching methods and tools to prepare the future professional chemical engineer for this new role. In collaboration with the IChemE SSG, Prof Lettieri is working towards incorporating Life Cycle Assessment as a tool for assessing the full environmental impact of a given product and technology development into the qualification criteria for chemical engineering degrees.

Prof Lettieri's departmental teaching activities are mainly in the areas of fluid particle systems, process engineering, sustainability and chemical plant design. Below are the modules she is currently involved in teaching. (Note that each link is restricted to access only by students currently registered on the module.)

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