UCL Department of Chemical Engineering

Prof Alberto Striolo

Prof Alberto Striolo

Professor of Molecular Thermodynamics

Dept of Chemical Engineering

Faculty of Engineering Science

Joined UCL
1st Sep 2013

Research summary

Molecular Science and Engineering

Our research builds on fundamental thermodynamics and transport knowledge, acquired in the Chemical Engineering curriculum. We synergistically combine analytical theory and advanced simulation techniques (ranging in scale from the atomic, molecular, to the coarse-grained levels) with state-of-the-art experimental tools to advance our understanding of molecular-level phenomena, particularly those occurring at interfaces. Our lab has access to massive computational environments (Legion, NERSC, OSCER, and others) and has concentrated a sizable cluster of apparatuses for interfacial experiments (AFM, QCM-D, etc.) When experimental capabilities fall outside our group’s expertise, we rely on talented collaborators for achieving the synergism between experiments and theory we believe is necessary to secure scientific progress in all technological areas of current societal importance (energy production and storage, sustainable development, environmental preservation and remediation, drug design and delivery, etc.)

Our research is application-oriented. Our motto is ‘Rerum Cognoscere Causas’: Once we understand the molecular-level phenomena that dictate macroscopic outcomes, we can design materials and processes to optimize the application of interest. 

Applications of current interest include molecular separations, hydraulic fracturing, innovative manufacturing technologies, and particulate systems.

Among current and former collaborators are David Cole, Ohio State University, Paul Ashby, Molecular Foundry, Berkeley, CA, Brian Grady, Dimitrios Papavassiliou, and Daniel Resasco, The University of Oklahoma, and Carolyn Koh, Colorado School of Mines.

Research Support

EPSRC, European Commission, UKRI, US Department of Energy, Royal Society, Leverhulme Trust
Additional support from several industries is kindly acknowledged: Glencore, Halliburton, Johnson Matthey, BP 

Teaching summary

Prof. Striolo is interested in developing cross-disciplinary teaching curricula. Building on UCL’s Connected Curriculum, one of his main focuses is connecting academia with the society at large, and in particular with industry. With this goal in mind, in 2016 he launched the post-graduate taught programme MSc in ‘Global Management of Natural Resources’, together with colleagues in Earth Sciences, the School of Management, and colleagues interested in social studies.

He has recently supported the creation of the new post-graduate programme ‘Plus Year in Industry’, which promotes direct interactions between MSc students and selected industrial partners.

Prof. Striolo teaches ‘Molecular Thermodynamics’ and ‘Natural Gas Processing’.


Current Appointment

Professor of Molecular Thermodynamics
Deputy Head (Enterprise)
Director (MSc Global Management of Natural Resources)
Interim Director (MSc ‘Plus’ Year in Industry)


University of Padova, Italy
PhD in Chemical Engineering, 2002
MEng in Chemical Engineering, 1998

Professional Experience

September 2013 to present: Professor of Molecular Thermodynamics, Department of Chemical Engineering, UCL.
January 2017 to present: Adjunct Research Professor (by courtesy), Future Industries Institute, University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.
January 2014 to present: Affiliate Professor (by courtesy), University of Oklahoma, School of Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering, Norman, OK, USA.
July 2011 to August 2013: Associate Professor, University of Oklahoma, School of Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering.
February 2012 to July 2012: LBNL Associate, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA (Hosts: Prof. Miquel Salmeron and Dr. Paul Ashby).
August 2011 to January 2012: Visiting Fellow, Department Chemical and Biological Engineering, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ (Hosts: Prof. Pablo Debenedetti and Prof. Thanos Panagiotopoulos).
August 2005 to June 2011: Assistant Professor, University of Oklahoma, School of Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering.


Fellow, Royal Society of Chemistry (2017)
Fellow, Institute of Physics (2017)
Chartered Member, CSci MIChemE IChemE (2015)
Marie-Sklodowska-Curie Career Integration Grant ‘Fraccing Fundamentals’ (2013-2018)
University of Oklahoma Presidential Professorship (2013)
American Chemical Society, COMP division, HP Outstanding Junior Faculty Award (2011)
University of Oklahoma Regents’ Award for Superior Research and Creative Activity (2011)
University of Oklahoma Junior Faculty Research Program Award (2008 and 2006)
ACS Petroleum Research Fund Type G Award (2007)