UCL Department of Chemical Engineering

Dr Luca Mazzei

Dr Luca Mazzei

Associate Professor

Dept of Chemical Engineering

Faculty of Engineering Science

Joined UCL
7th Nov 2007

Research summary

My principal research activities lie in the field of polydisperse multiphase systems, particularly fluid-solid systems. I have a strong track record in the area of fluidization, but I have expanded my research interests towards other challenging areas of academic and industrial relevance, particularly crystallization and nanoparticle synthesis. My research is both theoretical and experimental, and relies on advanced mathematical modelling and computational fluid dynamics (CFD). I use these to gain insight into the behavior of the systems and processes investigated, to guide experimental campaigns, to design and optimize process equipment, and to better understand and interpret experimental findings. My modelling and CFD work has permitted me to establish various academic and industrial collaborations (GSK, Eli Lilly), offering me the opportunity to broaden my research to entirely new fields and areas of application, such as the mixing of non-Newtonian fluids for the manufacturing of oral health products and the fluid dynamics of particulate matter in the built environment for domestic and heritage applications.

Teaching summary

My departmental teaching activities are mainly in the areas of transport phenomena, fluid-particle systems, process dynamics and control and chemical plant design. Below are the modules I am currently involved in teaching:

  •     CENG0019 Transport Phenomena II (Module Coordinator)
  •     CENG0024 Fluid-Particle Systems (Module Coordinator)

I am particularly interested in teaching students to think critically and use as much as possible the classical methods of chemical engineering – based on dimensional analysis, order of magnitude analysis and scaling – to rapidly gain insight into physical and chemical processes without resorting to complex mathematics or numerical methods. Being able to pose the right questions, employ a correct methodology to find the answers and quickly estimate the essential features characterizing a process are crucial skills that I try to emphasize and develop in students.


University College London
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2005
Universita degli Studi di Napoli - Federico II
First Degree, Laurea | 2001


I graduated in Chemical Engineering from the University of Naples “Federico II” in 2001. I then spent three years working for Technip KTI as a process and start-up engineer on sulphur recovery and refinery tail gas treatment. Subsequently I joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at UCL first as a student, where I was awarded a Ph.D. in 2008, and then as a Lecturer, in 2009. I am Chartered Member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and Chartered Scientist.