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Italian Research Day 2021 | APRIL 15



Italian Research Day 2021 | APRIL 15

Join us for #ItalianResearchDay 2021on April 15 at 5pm.





Dr. Leonardo Spanu - Towards an Hydrogen Economy

Leonardo Spanu is a Senior Researcher in the Shell New Energy Research & Technology, based in Houston. Leonardo’s research interests and professional experiences cover decarbonization technologies, natural gas monetization, catalysis, modelling and simulations. He has previously worked at the Shell Technology Center in Bangalore (India) and held research positions at the University of California Davis, and at the International School for Advanced Studies in Trieste (Italy). Leonardo serves as technical advisor of several research institutes and is passionate about leveraging open innovation to develop lower-carbon energy solutions. Leonardo holds a PhD in Condensed Matter Physics from the University of Pavia and a Master in Physics from the University of Pisa.


Dr. Mattero Pasquali - Using hydrocarbons to make pervasive materials and hydrogens

Matteo Pasquali joined Rice in 2000 and is a Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, the Department of Chemistry, and the Department of Materials Science & Nanoengineering. During his tenure, he served as Co-Director of the Carbon Nanotechnology Laboratory in the Richard E. Smalley Institute.

Dr. Pasquali earned his M.Sci. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Bologna (Italy) ans his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Minnesota. He was awarded the NSF Career Award in 2001, the CIBA-GEIGY prize for best chemical student thesis, the ENICHEM Prize at the University of Bologna, and a scholarship to pursue graduate study abroad. In 2009, he was named the GSA Faculty of the Year. He has published 111+ articles and holds 12 US patents. Dr. Pasquali has served on 28 Ph.D. and 11 M.Sci Thesis Defenses, and 25 Ph.D. preliminary proposal defenses. Prof Pasquali is a member of AICHE, AAAS, SOR, AIP, APS, and ACS, and served a three-year on the Rice University Faculty Senate. His research articles are cited over 500 times per year. He leads a group funded at about $1.2M per year by government agencies (DOD, NIST, NSF, etc), scientific foundations, and private corporations. He and his wife, Dr. Marie-Nathalie Contou-Carrere have also completed a five-year term as Masters of Lovett College.



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