UCL Electrochemical Innovation Lab

Prof Paola Lettieri

Prof Paola Lettieri

Director, UCL East

Dept of Chemical Engineering

Faculty of Engineering Science

Joined UCL
1st Jan 2001

Research summary

Prof. Paola Lettieri has 20 years' experience in Particle Technology and Fluidization encompassing experimental measurements, rheology, x-ray imaging, and mathematical modelling, spanning applications across the chemical, petrochemical, nuclear and energy-from-waste sector. Her research focuses on the investigation of the effect of process conditions on gas fluidized beds.  More recently, she has developed expertise on the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of energy systems and waste management. She leads the LCA analysis on several major EPSRC funded projects including: the Catalysis Hub, the Centre for Nature Inspired Engineering, the MafuMa project on advanced manufacturing, and the LCA of nuclear waste management on the Distinctive grant. She leads the LCA analysis of shale gas and waste to fuels on two major EU grants. She was the recipient of a prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering and The Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship aimed at developing a Life Cycle Approach for Nuclear Waste Management.    

She collaborates extensively with industry, with current projects being sponsored by Advanced Plasma Power, Huntsman Pigments, Dow Corning, the National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL), Sellafield and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority. Her work in Fluidization supports the operation of the Magnox Thermal Denitration fluidized bed reactor operated at Sellafield. 

Teaching summary

Prof. Lettieri's departmental teaching activities are mainly in the areas of fluid particle systems, process engineering, sustainability and chemical plant design. Today chemical engineers have to juggle economics and safety with broader aspects of environmental issues, economic development, and social responsibility. Prof. Lettieri is interested in providing new teaching methods and tools to prepare the future professional chemical engineer for this new role, making use of her industrial experience and through teaching life cycle assessment as a tool for assessing the full environmental impact of a given product and technology development. 


University College London
Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), Certificate in Learning and Teaching in HE Part 1 |
University College London
Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), Certificate in Learning and Teaching in HE Part 2 |
University College London
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 1999
Universita degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza
First Degree, Laurea | 1994


Paola Lettieri is Academic Director for the UCL East Campus at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. She is Professor of Chemical Engineering and Vice Dean (Strategic Projects) in the Faculty of Engineering Sciences at UCL. She joined the Department of Chemical Engineering in 2001as a Research Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the first female engineer to be awarded a RAEng Fellowship. Prior to this, she spent 5 years at BP Chemicals, Sunbury. Her research interests are in Particle Technology, energy and waste management. She was the recipient of a prestigious Senior Research Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering and The Leverhulme Trust for her work on nuclear waste management. She has authored over 180 refereed papers and 7 book chapters. She is co-author of a book published by Springer on Fluidized bed reactors: processes and operating conditions. She is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers; Chair of the IChemE Particle Technology Specialist Interest Group. She is a member of the International Expert Group on LCA for integrated waste management.