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Alberto Striolo

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Alberto Striolo

Professor of Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering
Asahi Glass Chair in Chemical Engineering
Lloyd and Jane Austin Presidential Professor

PhD in Chemical Engineering (2002)

University of Padova, Italy

BS in Chemical Engineering (1998)
University of Padova (Italy)

Distinctions / Awards
Honorary Research Professor, University College London, UK (2021 to present)
Deputy Head of Department (Enterprise), University College London, UK, 2014-2021
Member of the Thomas Young Centre, London, 2013 – present
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Associate, 2012
Visiting Fellow, Princeton University, 2011
Associate Professor of Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering, OU, 2011-2013
Assistant Professor of Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering, OU, 2005-2011
Fellow: Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IoM3)
Fellow: Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
Fellow: Institute of Chemical Engineering (IChemE)
Fellow: Institute of Physics (IoP)
HP Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, American Chemical Society, 2011
Regents’ Award for Superior Research and Creating Activity, University of Oklahoma, 2011


Research Website

Research Interests – Rerum Cognoscere Causas

Our group combines advanced multi-scale simulations (including electronic structure calculations, atomistic molecular dynamics and Monte Carlo simulations, and coarse-grained dissipative particle dynamics) with emerging computational approaches (e.g., stochastic kinetic Monte Carlo methods, machine learning and transfer learning). Our lab has access to massive computational environments (Legion, NERSC, OSCER, ARChER). We established a network of talented international collaborators to achieve the synergism between experiments and theory we believe is necessary to secure scientific progress in all technological areas of current societal importance. We thrive to establish and maintain an active network of collaborations with industry, to directly translate our results to positive impact.

Areas of current active research interest in the group include:

In-silico design of chemical additives – this project has allowed us to make contacts with major chemicals and energy companies, and to secure funding from government agencies.

Reducing the environmental impact of the energy sector. Problems of interest include particle agglomeration, structure-transport relations in porous media, rheology, materials reliability and others. More details cannot be disclosed because of confidentiality.

Management of the environmental contamination due to microplastics and antibiotics via a holistic approach that takes into consideration sources, transport, removal, and fate of the contaminants.

We are interested in pedagogical research, to identify what motivate students from various socio-economic backgrounds to thrive for success.

Building on recent success with the MSc program in ‘Global Management of Natural Resources’ at University College London, we seek to identify teaching programs that enable recent graduates and early- to mid-career professionals to acquire multi-disciplinary knowledge on topics relevant for the transformation of the industrial sector towards achieving a more sustainable society.

Selected Publications

1.      A. Phan, M. Stamatakis, C.A. Koh, A. Striolo, Correlating Antiagglomerant Performance with Gas Hydrate Cohesion, ACS Appl. Materials & Interfaces 13 (2021) 40002-40012.

2.      A. Ali, A. Striolo, D.R. Cole, CO2 Solubility in Aqueous Electrolyte Solutions Confined in Calcite Nanopores, J. Phys. Chem. C 125 (2021) 12333-12341.

3.      C. Sanchez-Roa, G.D. Saldi, T.M. Mitchell, F. Iacoviello, J. Bailey, P.R. Shearing, E.H. Oelkers, P. Meredith, A.P. Jones, A. Striolo, The Role of Fluid Chemistry on Permeability Evolution in Granite: Applications to Natural and Anthropogenic Systems, Earth and Planetary Science Letters 553 (2021) 116641.

4.      M. Apostolopoulou, M. Stamatakis, A. Striolo, R. Dusterhoft, R. Hull, R. Day, A Novel Modelling Approach to Stochastically Evaluate the Impact of Pore Network Geometry, Chemistry and Topology on Fluid Transport, Transport in Porous Media 136 (2021) 495-520.

5.      P. Mahzari, T.M. Mitchell, A.P. Jones, D. Westacott, A. Striolo, Direct Gas-in-Place Measurements Prove Much Higher Production Potential than Expected for Shale Formations, Scientific Reports 11 (2021) 10775.

6.      A. Phan, H. Schlosser, A. Striolo, Molecular Mechanisms by which Tetrahydrofuran Affects CO2 Hydrate Growth: Implications for Carbon Storage, Chemical Engineering Journal 418 (2021) 129423.

7.      A. Phan, D. Fan, A. Striolo, Fluid Transport through Heterogeneous Pore Matrices: Multiscale Simulation Approaches, Physics of Fluids 32 (2020) 101301.

8.      Z. Sumer, F.A. Fernandez, A. Striolo, Engineered Liquid Crystal Droplets: Insights from Multi-Scale Simulations, Nanoscale 12 (2020) 20211-20219.

9.      A. Phan, A. Striolo, Evidence of Facilitated Transport in Crowded Nano-Pores, J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 11 (2020) 1814-1821. Also featured in the journal cover.

10.   Z. Sumer, A. Striolo, Nanoparticles Shape-Specific Emergent Behavior on Liquid Crystal Droplets, Macromolecular Systems Design and Engineering 5 (2020) 449-460. Also featured on the Journal Cover, Volume 5, Issue 2, published on February 1st, 2020. Selected by the Editors as HOT MSDE Article in 2020.