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Prof Paola Lettieri
Roberts 312
Department of Chemical Engineering
Torrington Place
Tel: 020 7679 7867
Fax: 020 7679 7092
  • Professor of Chemical Engineering
  • Dept of Chemical Engineering
  • Faculty of Engineering Science

Paola Lettieri is currently Vice-Dean (Strategic Projects) in the Faculty of Engineering Sciences and Professor of Chemical Engineering. She joined the department at UCL in January 2001 as a Research Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (the first female engineer to be awarded a RAEng Fellowship). Prior to this, she spent five years at BP Chemicals, Sunbury, working in research and development within the Fluidization Group (1995-1998) and the Technology Engineering Division (1998-2000). She graduated in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Roma "La Sapienza" in 1994 and was awarded a PhD in Chemical Engineering from UCL in 1999.
Prof. Lettieri is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and Chartered Engineer. She is Deputy Chair of the IChemE Particle Technology Specialist Interest Group and 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.

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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 focusing 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 and the MafuMa project on advanced manufacturing. She leads the LCA analysis of shale gas in a major EU grant, and with Advanced Plasma Power she has developed the LCA analysis for electricity and bioSNG from waste gasification. She is 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) and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority. She acts as consultant for NNL and Sellafield, providing expertise in fluidization and supporting the operation of the thermal denitration fluidized bed reactor operated at Sellafield. 

She has published over 150 refereed articles and 6 book chapters.  

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. 

JUN-2015 Vice-Dean Strategic Projects Faculty of Engineering Sciences University College London, United Kingdom
OCT-2014 Professor of Chemical Engineering Chemical Engineering University College London, United Kingdom
OCT-2007 – SEP-2014 Reader in Chemical Engineering Chemical Engineering University College London, United Kingdom
OCT-2006 – SEP-2007 Senior Lecturer Chemical Engineering University College London, United Kingdom
JAN-2006 – SEP-2006 Lecturer Chemical Engineering University College London, United Kingdom
JAN-2001 – JAN-2006 RAEng Research Fellow Chemical Engineering University College London, United Kingdom
Academic Background
1999 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Chemical Engineering University College London
1994 LAU Laurea – Mechanical Engineering Universita degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza
03-05 CLTHE_1 Certificate in Learning and Teaching in HE Part 1 – Academic studies in Higher Education University College London
03-05 CLTHE_2 Certificate in Learning and Teaching in HE Part 2 – Academic studies in Higher Education University College London
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