Education, Career, & Awards
Carlo Cavallotti received his phd in Chemical Engineering in 1999 from Politecnico di Milano. He became assistant professor in 1999 and since 2018 is full professor of Chemical Engineering Principles at Politecnico di Milano. In 2001 he was post doctoral associate fellow at MIT and in 2016 visiting scientist at Argonne National Laboratory. He is the recipient of several awards, a founding member and alumni of the Global Young Academy, and member of the editorial boards of several scientific Journals. He is author of about 130 ISI papers, several book chapters and encyclopedia entries. He has a Google Scholar H-index of 30 (April 2020).
The main research interests are theoretical chemical kinetics and molecular modeling. In particular I am interested in the gas phase kinetics of hydrocarbons in combustion and plasmas, in the gas phase and surface chemistry responsible for the growth of advanced materials, and in the study of biomolecular interactions. The aim of these studies is to understand qualitatively and quantitatively the kinetics and the underlying thermodynamics that is active in the investigated processes, and to exploit the knowledge so obtained in order to design new or improved processes. The approach relies on the use of quantum mechanical and molecular dynamics simulations whose results are interpreted with statistical thermodynamics. I use both literature software (e.g. quantum chemistry, molecular dynamics) as well as my own codes (e.g. master equation stochastic integration, automatic calculation of highly accurate rate constants, plasma simulations).