UCL Department of Chemical Engineering



Matteo Salvalaglio


Research Interests

Uncovering the molecular determinants of physical-chemical transformations is an essential step towards the development of rational design strategies for industrial chemical processes.

With my research I aim at answering questions regarding how molecular properties affect technologically relevant processes in the fields of chemical and biochemical engineering.

In order to tackle problems in this area I apply molecular dynamics and state-of-the-art enhanced sampling methods to compute thermodynamics and kinetics at the molecular level.

  • Crystallization
  • Nucleation
  • Protein-ligand binding
  • Molecular Dynamics
  • Enhanced Sampling

Teaching Interests

  • Physical Chemistry
  • Thermodynamics
  • Separation processes


PhD in Chemical Engineering, Politecnico di Milano 2011
Italian ”Laurea Specialistica” in Chemical Engineering, 2007
Italian ”Laurea Triennale” in Chemical Engineering, 2005


Headline invited speaker at the Faraday Discussions ”Nucleation - A transition State to the Directed Assembly of Materials”  30th March - 1st April 2015, Leeds, UK