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Dr Paola Lettieri
Roberts 312
Department of Chemical Engineering
Torrington Place
London
WC1E 7JE
Tel: 020 7679 7867
Fax: 020 7383 2348
Appointment
  • Reader in Chemical Engineering
  • Dept of Chemical Engineering
  • Faculty of Engineering Science
Biography

Dr Paola Lettieri is currently a Reader in 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.
Dr Lettieri is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and Chartered Engineer. She is committee member of the IChemE Particle Technology and Sustainability Specialist Interest Groups, she is co-Leader for the Energy theme of the European Federation of Chemical Engineering Section on Sustainability and member of the International Expert Group on LCA for Waste Management.
Dr 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

Dr Lettieri has 18 years’ experience in Particle Technology and Fluidization focusing on industrial applications, energy and sustainability. She has led the Fluidization Research Group at UCL since 2003. Research activities are concerned with the prediction and control of fluidized beds behaviour at process conditions, spanning applications across the chemical, petrochemical, nuclear and energy-from-waste sector, as well as geo-physical systems. Her research spans experimental measurements, rheology, X-ray Imaging, and computational fluid-dynamics (CFD) simulations. She has also recently created a new interdisciplinary research group on waste management and Life Cycle Assessment. She leads the LCA effort on an ETI funded project aimed at developing the first commercial scale gasification plant for enery from waste in UK, and within two major EPSRC funded grants: The UK Catalysis Hub (£3.3M) and the Centre for Nature Inspired Engineering (£5M).

Teaching Summary

Dr Lettieri's departmental teaching activities are mainly in the areas of fluid particle systems, process engineering, sustainability and chemical plant design.
Dr Lettieri is particularly interested in the implementation of the concept of sustainability in the chemical engineering curriculum. Today Chemical engineers have to juggle economics and safety with broader aspects of environmental issues, economic development, and social responsibility. Dr Lettieri is particularly interested in providing new teaching methods and tools to prepare the future professional chemical engineer for this new role. In collaboration with the IChemE Sustainability Subject group, Dr Lettieri is working towards incorporating Life Cycle Assessment as a tool for assessing the full environmental impact of a given product and technology development into the qualification criteria for chemical engineering degrees.

Academic Background
1999 PhD Doctor of Philosophy University College London
1994 LAU Laurea Universita degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza
03-05 CLTHE_1 Certificate in Learning and Teaching in HE Part 1 University College London
03-05 CLTHE_2 Certificate in Learning and Teaching in HE Part 2 University College London
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