Dr Vincenzo Spallina

Lecturer in Chemical Engineering

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Vincenzo is Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Manchester.

His research combines numerical modelling (from particle to the complete plant) and experimental testing of the technology up to the pilot scale to demonstrate new and sustainable process technologies. His main research interests lie in the gas-solid-reactions such as chemical looping and sorption technologies as well as gas separation applied using membrane technology and direct energy conversion systems with the ultimate goal to achieve a sustainable and clean process with improved performances in terms of energy, environmental performance and costs.

Vincenzo has been PI of a project on proof-of-concept of chemical looping for hydrogen and chemicals production (funded by UKCCSRC). He is currently the Project lead coordinator of an EU-H2020 project on chemical looping reforming for liquid fuels production (H2020 GLAMOUR, GA 884197), PI of an EPSRC project on energy demand reduction from Steel Industry (BREIN-STORM, EP/S030654/1), Co-I on a EU-H2020 project on advanced decarbonisation of steel plant and CCUS cluster (H2020 C4U, GA 884418), Co-I on ad EPSRC project on bio-based process for acrylic acid production (SPACING, EP/V026089/1) and Co-I on an Innovate UK project for aerospace applications (HAPPS, Innovate UK).


He holds a BSc (2005) and MSc (2008) in Energy Engineering and a PhD cum laude in 2013 in Nuclear and Energy Science and Technology program from Polytechnic of Milan (IT) working under the supervision of Prof. Gianni Lozza in the group of Energy Conversion System (GECoS). After that, He was post-doctoral fellow in the Chemical Process Intensification Group at the Eindhoven University of Technology under the supervision of Profs Martin van Sint Annaland and Fausto Gallucci. He has participated in several national and international projects with partnership of universities, research centers and industries. Before being appointed at the University of Manchester, He spent 6 months as visiting researcher in the Tecnalia Research Center (San Sebastian, Spain) working in the Group of Membrane Technology.

Areas of expertise


  • chemical looping, membrane technology, Process modelling, reactor modelling, CO2 capture and Utilization

Sustainable Development Goals

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2013 - Doctor of Engineering, Energy and Nuclear Science and Technology, Politecnico di Milano (2010 - 2013)
  • 2008 - Master of Engineering, Energy Engineering, Politecnico di Milano (2005 - 2008)
  • 2005 - Bachelor of Engineering, Energy Engineering, Politecnico di Milano (2002 - 2005)

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